Some of your favourite sinking scenes?

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Some love it, some hate it but you’ve got to admit James Cameron’s 1997 Titanic affected a lot of people and was a major success and still is.

It is certainly what got me interested in the subject around 10 years ago and again last year when I re-watched the movie - it was then that I actually became interested in the real Titanic and the forensics of the sinking/break up and the real people on board.

Even though we’ve learnt a lot about the sinking and found out that certain parts of the 97 portrayal are wrong or dramatised, I want to know what your favourite scenes are in relation to the sinking - from the iceberg impact to the final moments. Mine would be the moment where we see the stern start to come up after Captain Smith’s death with the forward funnel collapsing and the Grand Staircase imploding and the propellers rising from the sea.

It’s just the music and how dramatic and tense it all is that makes it stand out for me. It is the same with the iceberg impact and the break up, even though we know it wasn’t much like that.

So let me know what you guys liked.

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“I'm lonely. And I'm lonely in some horribly deep way and for a flash of an instant, I can see just how lonely, and how deep this feeling runs. And it scares the shit out of me to be this lonely because it seems catastrophic.”

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The death of Captain Smith. (A survivor heard him say, "I will follow the ship.")


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Is it just me or is this in poor taste?

We are talking about the deaths of over 1500 people here.
Scenes that touch the viewer's heart. Perhaps the word 'favourite' scene is a little unspecific, but in the general sense I think that many historical movies have moments that tweak the emotions of the viewer. e.g. Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, etc.

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I love to see (maybe I’m just weird) the sheer destruction of everything in the ship as the stern rises up. Seeing the plates slide out of the shelves, the furniture clashing into each other, hearing the rumbling roar of the machinery was a really impressive sequence for me.

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I love the forward half of the Boat deck going under. The fact that JC took a full size section of the ship and sank just as it did (with out the port list) is just amazing as we can see exactly how the water reacted. Not to mention being able to see the Gran-staircase Lift up
 

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The physical set really is superior to CGI even with today’s technology in computer animation.
 
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Always has and will always will be. This is one reason why regardless on how people feel about the film it will be the crown of Titanic films as no Director before and most like ever will care about the details or go to such great lengths to recreate physical sets. This is why i think the film from a technical standpoint has aged flawlessly as its mostly done in real life. Now it all be CGI and look "Modern" ish if that makes any sense
 
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Now it all be CGI and look "Modern" ish if that makes any sense
Let’s not go into the 2012 mini-series horror story...

But that is true about it being the best visually speaking Titanic film. I don’t think any other movie about it could top it. Which is unfortunate because we’ve made so much more progress in 20 years, and the movie still prolongs some myths and misconceptions.
 
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Let’s not go into the 2012 mini-series horror story...

But that is true about it being the best visually speaking Titanic film. I don’t think any other movie about it could top it. Which is unfortunate because we’ve made so much more progress in 20 years, and the movie still prolongs some myths and misconceptions.
Dont get me started on that series (Or blood and steel :eek:)

It would be amazing if with the money that goes into films now could make a updated sinking sequence with all the new data. And while it did not make it into the film, the deleted scene of Lovejoy in the sinking dinning room is great (not for the action) but to see a real time sinking sequence of a full size set of the room

Sadly though if the history of post 97 shows that any director that makes something on the Titanic cares zipo on facts
 
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Scenes that touch the viewer's heart. Perhaps the word 'favourite' scene is a little unspecific, but in the general sense I think that many historical movies have moments that tweak the emotions of the viewer. e.g. Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, etc.

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This post was not meant to be written in poor taste. I should have been more specific about what I meant by ‘favourite’ scene but I meant as in emotionally for the viewer and through a cinematographer point of view i.e. what was done well with special effects.

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Dont get me started on that series (Or blood and steel :eek:)

It would be amazing if with the money that goes into films now could make a updated sinking sequence with all the new data. And while it did not make it into the film, the deleted scene of Lovejoy in the sinking dinning room is great (not for the action) but to see a real time sinking sequence of a full size set of the room

Sadly though if the history of post 97 shows that any director that makes something on the Titanic cares zipo on facts
I would love to see an updated version of the movie with all of the information we have today.
As much as I didn’t mind the Jack and Rose story (I can see why Cameron made these people the leading characters) I would love to see an almost ANTR ‘remake’ if you like with the same kind of budget and special effects but focusing on the real characters only and including everything we know for sure to have happened (no Murdoch suicide etc) but also with all of the forensic details such as the lower angle break, the second and third funnel break and port list etc.

But the 1997 film probably stands as one of my favourite films ever despite the many flaws that it has

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A bit late to the topic, but, for me, it the large panning shots (like the one below) as they help give you a general scale of the ship (which is often difficult to imagine or misinterpreted by many ), the tilt showing the progression of the sinking and you get a overall view of events and the mini stories taking place on the boat deck, like the couple standing together on A-deck (Bottom Left), the passengers running atop the officer's quarters (Below the Second Funnel) and how most people are now gathering to the forward lifeboats since the aft one have been launched.
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I admit, I've also got to agree with Georges G. answer showing the Titanic firing rockets in pitch darkness, That image of her alone and helpless (despite being slightly inaccurate) is what partially inspired me to write my book.
 

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I liked the scene when the waterline reaches the boat deck and the overhead shot shows the ship take a big dive. The best one to me is involves a man jumping from the stern and shows the camera following the man falling height with the imposing stern in the background.
 

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A bit late to the topic, but, for me, it the large panning shots (like the one below) as they help give you a general scale of the ship (which is often difficult to imagine or misinterpreted by many ), the tilt showing the progression of the sinking and you get a overall view of events and the mini stories taking place on the boat deck, like the couple standing together on A-deck (Bottom Left), the passengers running atop the officer's quarters (Below the Second Funnel) and how most people are now gathering to the forward lifeboats since the aft one have been launched.
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I admit, I've also got to agree with Georges G. answer showing the Titanic firing rockets in pitch darkness, That image of her alone and helpless (despite being slightly inaccurate) is what partially inspired me to write my book.
I agree about the picture you posted above. The passengers on the ship as she was sinking wouldn’t have known how much she had gone down in the water like we can see here which would add to they’re reluctance to enter the lifeboats.
Despite being too brightly lit it is very well done and is one of the best scenes.
In response to the first picture posted firing the rocket it is a nice and eery image which really shows the hopelessness of the Titanic’s situation but I think a reversed view showing the starboard side of the ship from that far away with the ‘lights on the horizon’ would have been a nice little touch.

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I liked the scene when the waterline reaches the boat deck and the overhead shot shows the ship take a big dive. The best one to me is involves a man jumping from the stern and shows the camera following the man falling height with the imposing stern in the background.
The scene of the man falling with the stern well out of the water behind him always scared me as a kid I remember
 
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When we got the film on the double VHS pack my parents had a rule that the second half of the VHS could not be watched until i was old enough to handle the sinking sequence. Because of that i have lots of nostolgia for the first half of the film and the "Take her to sea" scene is also on of my favourites with amazing shots and james horners amazing score.

On a side note i still got my original VHS double from 98! though one of the sleeves went missing a number of years back
 
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I remember having to switch after “I believe you may get your headlines, Mr. Ismay.” I remember in 6th grade we did a whole unit on the Titanic and the only reason we couldn’t go see it in theaters was because of the nudity scene. It’s surprising how a naked body is more edgy than one of the world’s most infamous tragedies of all time! :D
 
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