Documentary with Eva Hart


Sarah Miller

Member
Feb 17, 2006
7
0
71
I'm looking for a documentary which I think was on TV sometime in the 1990's. (My grandfather recorded it for me years ago, and it got TAPED OVER by accident!)

Anyhow, the thing I remember most is the footage of Eva Hart. I know Ms. Hart has appeared in quite a few film interviews, but this one was especially spirited. She was sitting in a wingback chair, and talked about:
*how naughty she was when her parents tried to wake & dress her after the collison
*seeing the Californian on the horizon, and recognizing it as a ship -- not just a light
*her irritation that a ship firing rockets in the middle of the north Atlantic was ignored
*the sound of the people drowning, and the silence that followed
*her fear at being rescued by the Carpathia, particularly because she was afraid of falling through the large mesh nets they used to haul the children up to the deck
*running out of a church service long after the sinking, because they played "Nearer My God to Thee" (she's adamant that the band played that hymn, not just ragtime music).

The program was probably an hour or two long at most, and narrated by a British man. I don’t recall seeing Don Lynch or Ken Marschall in it, but Walter Lord might have been. I know it wasn't the A&E documentary, and I'm pretty sure it wasn't the History Channel's, either.

Any help is much appreciated! I would love to replace this video.
Thanks,
Sarah
 
Apr 11, 2001
4,565
5
223
Is this the one that shows her smelling roses in the garden and has a segment of Miss Hart alone in a church? I think there may be a cocker spaniel in one of the scenes too. I recall being surprised to learn later this was not her house, garden or church!
 
Apr 22, 2012
1,190
4
123
I think I might have this documentary in a four-video box set I bought a long time ago. I haven't watched them in ages. I'll dig 'em out later and get back to you.
 

Sarah Miller

Member
Feb 17, 2006
7
0
71
Shelley -- I don't remember any outdoor shots in this particular interview. She just sat in a chair (it was covered with flower-patterned farbic, I think), and though you occasionally heard the interviewer's voice, the camera always focused on Ms. Hart.

Another little detail I remember from her story:
She described the collision with the iceberg as feeling like a "slight bump", as when a train pulls into a station.

Does this narrow things down at all?
Thanks for your help.
Sarah
 

John Clifford

Member
Mar 30, 1997
1,691
0
311
57
I think everyone is referring to the IMAX film TITANICA, which intersperses images of coming up and around Titanic with interviews with Eva Hart.

TITANICA came out around late 1994/early 1995, I believe, as Ms. Hart died on February 14, 1996.
 
Apr 22, 2012
1,190
4
123
I was also thinking of Titanica, but couldn't remember if it was Eva Hart or Ruth Becker they interviewed for that one.
 

John Clifford

Member
Mar 30, 1997
1,691
0
311
57
In Titanica, it was Eva Hart. Ruth Becker Blanchard died in July 1990, 4-5 years before Titanica was made.
 

Ernie Luck

Member
Nov 24, 2004
643
3
113
Sarah

A couple of years ago I was sent a video by relatives of Capt. Smith which featured Eva Hart. I think it was narrated by Don Smith, who claims to be related to E. J. Smith. He was certainly also featured.

I have long since returned the video so cannot check it out. I do believe I saw it on sale at the Titanic exhibition in Stoke-on-Trent last year,(or the year before) so it is probably still available. I am sure other members will recollect this video?
 
Nov 26, 2005
671
2
113
I seem to remember another documetary that I think is a 2-tape box set called 'Titanic: A Question Of Murder' and it features Eva Hart.
 

Sarah Miller

Member
Feb 17, 2006
7
0
71
Would an IMAX film have been shown on TV? I don't remember anything snazzy about the film I saw that would lend itself particularly well to big-screen presentation. No special effects or even recreations, as far as I can recall.

I've been scouring my county library system for any and all Titanic videos, but haven't found my mystery-film yet. All I know for certain so far is that it *wasn't* the A&E four-tape set. I will look particularly for Titanica, and Question of Murder this week.

Please keep looking -- I appreciate all your help so far!
 
Apr 22, 2012
1,190
4
123
>>In Titanica, it was Eva Hart. Ruth Becker Blanchard died in July 1990, 4-5 years before Titanica was made.<<

Right. I was thinking Titanica was made in 1990, so that explains the confusion. I'm a bit rusty on my documentaries, since I no longer have a VCR and nearly all of mine are on VHS.

And the four-video box set I was referring to wasn't the A & E one. The set is called The Mystery & the Legacy. There's actually five videos. I believe Mrs. Hart features in at least one.
 

Jason D. Tiller

Moderator
Member
Dec 3, 2000
8,248
11
308
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Hi Brandon,

I believe Mrs. Hart features in at least one.
You're correct, as I own the same box set. Eva Hart is interviewed in the third video titled "Captain Edward J. Smith - The Captain of the Titanic". IIRC, Eva is sitting in the chair with the fabric that Sarah has described.

The interview is the most extensive one I've seen with Eva Hart.
 

Ernie Luck

Member
Nov 24, 2004
643
3
113
Hi Jason,

The one I mentioned is similar. It was called 'The Story of Captain Smith and the Titanic' Produced by Ray Johnson. Original research by Richard Howells.

I have discovered I have a copy of the video. I will view it later and see what Eva Hart M.B.E. had to say.
 

Sarah Miller

Member
Feb 17, 2006
7
0
71
Thanks, Ernie & Jason. It looks like a library near me has one of the Captain Smith videos, so I will get it and have a look!

I'm really more concerned with replacing that interview than having the exact film I first saw it in.
 

Sarah Miller

Member
Feb 17, 2006
7
0
71
Well, now I've seen Question of Murder and Titanica. It's neither of those. They were excellent, though!

I'm still waiting for the library's copy of the one on Capt. Smith...
 

Ernie Luck

Member
Nov 24, 2004
643
3
113
Hi Sarah

I watched the video I mentioned about Captain Smith. Eva is interviewed quite a bit, in snatches, throught-out the 55min video. She is sitting in her Floral pattern chair. I expect she did many similar interviews in her sitting room.
 

Sarah Miller

Member
Feb 17, 2006
7
0
71
I found it!

This is the video I was looking for:
Titanic: The Final Chapter
http://amazon.imdb.com/title/tt0402537/
The video box also has a subtitle of "The Truth Behind the Legend." It's put out by Castle Entertainment and produced by Ray Johnson, so I wonder if it's the one Ernie & Jason mentioned, masquerading under a different title?

Thanks for all your help -- couldn't have done it otherwise!
Sarah
 
Apr 23, 2002
546
0
171
The interview that I have on an old tape somewhere is simply called Titanic, and was taped for me on an old Sky Channel called TLC.

Robert Powell narrated it
 

Sarah Miller

Member
Feb 17, 2006
7
0
71
That may well be the same one, Greg. The name Robert Powell sounds very familiar. I returned the library's copy after ordering myself a replacement, so I can't tell you for sure for a few days. ;)

I'm watching the Captain Smith video right now. Ms. Hart's interview so far is slightly different, but it was definitely recorded in the same session -- she's sitting in the same chair, wearing the same blouse, and tells a *few* of the same stories. I may order a copy of this video, as well. It looks to be a nice supplement, since it includes different pieces of Ms. Hart's recollections, including some of her own family background.
 

Similar threads