What does the film mean to you

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Courtney Gould

I have a question regarding the 1997 film, Titanic...

What does the movie mean to you? Why do you think it has become such a popular film?
To me, it means entertainment. While not without it's flaws, the sets were pretty good too.

Beyond that, I don't look for "meaning" in cinema.

Michael H. Standart
I agree whole-heartedly. It is indeed the most visually accurate movie created about the Titanic, but is not without its flaws, as you say. To me, it's simply a good Titanic movie. I saw it in the theater, eventually purchased the video, where it sits on my shelf sandwiched between "A Night to Remember" and the National Georgraphic video "Secrets of the Titanic".
The 1997 film "Titanic" placed the tragedy in yet another perspective for me. The special FX were outstanding. I think what it meant to me is not so much the fact that it was just a movie but it was a movie which depicted a real life tragedy and that is why I believe it was so successful. While the majority of return patrons were teenagers crazy about DiCaprio, I went to see it 5 times just for the sheer scope of the event itself.

I think others would agree that real life drama will sometimes win oscars much more frequently than fiction only because it is something that touched reality, not fantasy.
Titanic is always something that will touch my soul because it is something that happened, that didn't need to happen.

On another note, there is a new movie coming out about Pearl Harbor that I am totally looking forward too. The FX looks incredible. Another tragedy that did not need to happen.

Titanic will always hold my heart and I have watched the movie so many times now that my housemate tells me that instead of Jack saying "I'm the King of the World" on the bow of the ship, he says, "I can't take this anymore" and jumps. LOL

Cheers to ya'll

It was a time machine for me- a visual feast of costumes, customs, colors, interiors and a passport to an event that I've imagined for years. It was a chance to see the water rushing up the Grand Staircase, a chance to step into the lifeboat- and for nearly three hours, be in the place we go to in our minds so often- the love story was only the vehicle for the ride.
The movie to me, is like a time machine as well. We get see the most of the ship interiors in an accurate portray as with the exteriors. The film has captured 1912 and what it was like to be on an ocean liner in the days of the gilded age- a time of hope and optimism. Though many critise the Jack and Rose story, I belive it was great idea, because it kept the modern generation enthralled and they acted like tour guides showing us around the cramped third-class corridors to spacious luxurious rooms of first-class.Also the film pulled Titanic back into the world again which I liked. I remember every time when I went to a bookshop to find a Titanic book and every time they were always sold out. This film encouraged other people to get interested in the real events of the Titanic disaster. It also proved that Titanic even after 89 years after he sinking still captures the worlds imagination by storm making her the most famous ship in history.

Regards Nigel Bryant
I agree with Nigel and Shelley about the movie representing the era so well. For me it accomplishes this so well that that is what I take away from it, rather than any particularly new conception of the ship or its sinking.

In fact whenever I watch the video, I'm so in love with seeing the happy, well-dressed people and the beautiful interiors in part 1 that I can't bring myself to see it all destroyed in part 2. I can never bear to watch the sinking and the aftermath of people struggling in the water. It's too gruesome.

Hello again everyone.....

Note to Beverly: Beverly, I found your obsession with The TITANIC film eerily familiar because while your housemate yells "I can't take this anymore", my wife dubs the Titanic "The Rust" because I am so Titanic Obsessed, I think she is sick and tired of it also...

Note to Shelley: Shelley, I would love to get inside a time machine and go back in time to the afternoon of the collision and just walk the decks and then experiance the collision and the horrible aftermath leading up to the breakup and the sinking if for no other reason just to see what really went on that night.

Note to Nigel: Hi Nigel, I am not so sure that time will ever forget the passing of this great ship, it's essence as you call it will live on forever, it was one of those things that you can't quite grasp the significance of unless you were actually there, the film helps you understand what happened but I could not imagine anything more horrible than being there in 1912 in the middle of nowhere in the dead of night and nothing under you but 2 1/2 miles of water.

Note to Randy: Hi Randy, you are absolutely right, even I had trouble with the sinking and the aftermath with all the people in the water flailing away with nothing to grab a hold of to save themselves except each other and then to just die of hypothermia, I could not imagine a greater horror than that so if you found that to be too gruesome to watch, I can just imagine what actually being there back in 1912 was like.

All; I've noticed that the Jack and Rose story has always been something of an irritant to the Titanic community as a whole, but if not Jack and Rose, then who would the story be about? I honestly believe that the animus exists because some people expected too much of a film which was intended to be a love story from the start, not a history lesson.

I think a strieght docudrama would never have gone down all that well with movie goers, hence a story about two individuals with hopes, dreams, aspirations and desires, one of whom died, and another who's life was changed forever. There's a certain truth to that, and to the emotional impact despite all the fiction.

As to the sinking itself, I think Cameron certainly got the sheer violence and the terror involved just right on general principle even if the nuts and bolts details had some obvious (to us) mistakes. People rarely sedatedly and calmly sing hymns when a ship is breaking up and sinking beneath them into freezing water, and in Camaron's flick, they didn't. They screamed. I think I might have too had I been one of the passangers.

Michael H. Standart

Christine Geyer

Hello to you all.

Nigel has found the right words and I totally agree with him: The movie has brought back the Titanic to life for us in a unique way. I think that even though it's a movie it's an incredible possibility to get in touch with the real one since the set and costumes were so authentic and even the actors looked so similar to the "real" people. Indeed I distinguish from the real thing but nevertheless I remember me sitting in the cinema watching it for the first time: It was breathcatching, as if the beautiful photos that we all know suddenly came to life. That's why I appreciate the movie so much. In addition I esteem to see those scenes that are shot literal to the examination of the inquiries.

When I first saw it I felt a little disturbed by the lovestory but I understand that it was helpful to make the audience bound into the whole event and Titanic's story, at least those that were not already as fascinated by her as we all are.

Many regards
The story of Jack and Rose as the impetus in telling Titanic's story is truly no more of a distraction to me than that of Scarlett and Rhett in telling the Civil War story. It's like Forrest Gump, actually. The characters were at the pivotal moments of that time and place and we got to see it all through their eyes. While I would have liked to have seen a 16-hour movie telling the stories of all the passengers and crewmembers I've come to love and admire, I am happy with the 3-1/2 hour version. Even the afterlife reunion of Jack and Rose brought me to tears as it reminded me of my own unrequited and tragic love story and the imaginings of an afterlife reunion with my own "Jack".
What I wouldn't mind seeing would be a miniseries with the stories of the real passangers and crew members done with the same or better attention to detail that Cameron showed. Or perhaps a multi year running series which deals with everything from to conceiving the idea of the Olympic class liners to the investigations. This would be right up the History Channel's alley!

(Sigh) and if wishes were fishes....

Michael H. Standart
Ahhhhh....the Great Eastern? I don't know that I would go back quite that far. I think I'd start with a casual meeting in 1907 between Lord Pirrie and J. Bruce Ismay at that mansion in Belgrave Square London.

Perhaps befor the scene with the meeting, have a narrarator(David Warner? I kind of like that guy.) give a breif synopsis of the history of the transatlantic trade which led up to the meeting, complete with period photos of the ships, shipyards, passangers and so on flashing on and off during the narration befor finally settling on the mansion where Pirrie and Ismay enter the scene.

Who to do it? Well, Paramount and Fox did a pretty good job producing Cameron's film, although with the costs and the enormous risk they took, they might be a little leery of investing in something more in depth.

Michael H. Standart
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