The April 15 of 1912 has witnessed the terrific tragedy, which the world is bearing in mind through the century up to now.
Royal Mail Ship TITANIC is a ship from a trio of ocean liners (plus Britannic and Olympic), produced by the White Star Line. The ship excited (and still does) people by her immense size, technical capacities and fantastic design. She represented a pure miracle for thousands people for traversing the Atlantic Ocean.
The film-makers endeavoured to recreate and to revive the past, the events happened at that spring night. The world saw the appropriate quantity of films, the subjective variants of the tragedy, but today to our mind does come the only name: James Cameron, the man who has torn the time limits and made us remember as if the things were yesterday.
I dare say that people all over the world are grateful to Mr. Cameron for the chance to experience the Titanic phenomenon again and again without getting bored. 15 years ago James Cameron, inspired by the grandiose (but rusty) hull of TITANIC below the ocean, created the most touching and the most realistic picture in the cinematography. Before presenting us TITANIC unfortunate maiden voyage, Cameron’s crew worked hard gathering more and more facts about the liner: her interior, navigation and construction. Not surprising that the film became classic, i.e. immortal. So did the actors starred in the picture: Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson, Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater (then - Calvert). These names are the symbols of TITANIC. This year the cinemas opened their doors to visitors again. Cameron's TITANIC 3D bared a new life for the famous vessel: with the plot familiar to everyone, with the end unchanged, still this film can't be ignored. The masterpiece. That is it.
The film is aimed not only to tell about the disaster but mainly to make us perceive the deep passengers’ emotions, the consequences held on the vessel. TITANIC sank, it's sad, yes. One can understand it and politely grieve but who is aware of the whole tragedy? Who cried and cared the superliner's sinking, except the relatives or the survivals? The time has passed and people know pure facts about the disaster, its reasons, mistakes and death toll. But is one filled with horror and shock while reading the articles or listening to the radio? Hardly. We can feel only sympathy. And James Cameron put an end to the unruffled calm by shooting the "epic romance and disaster film". He masterly combined the love story forbidden by social laws with TITANIC crash, a true nightmare for the participants. We believe him, the actors and the reconstructed ship. Every detail is true and precise. We know the approaching destiny for the great ship but we obstinately hope that the iceberg will pass by without any damage to TITANIC. Our hearts break to pieces; we see the way TITANIC loses her beauty and power, the metal hull moans under water pressure and the ocean devoirs the vessel with its passengers inside and outside…
TITANIC performed a swan song, tragically and dramatically at the same time. She made her unfinished voyage leaving only memories and rumours. I can’t help mentioning the soundtrack composer James Horner who compiled a music background for the film. So that James Cameron said: I don’t know if this is going to be a good movie or a bad movie but I know it’s going to be a great score [http://www.titanicmovie.com/#/about].
Why does TITANIC phenomenon disquiet us? Why are we captivated by her image? I suppose that mankind was too egoistic and self-assured of its power and knowledge, so that it has forgotten nature’s superiority. One can’t create something that will subdue the elements or compete with. It is dangerous as we are made sure of. The tragedy of TITANIC forced people on their knees. The perfect modern technology failed, the grandiose ship buried in the Atlantic. That strikes the society.
It is significant that White Star Line stopped building such colossal vessels at all, in spite of the last one Olympia that had more luck than her elder sisters. It was RMS Olympia that helped James Cameron to reconstruct the entire interior and the surface of TITANIC.
The film captivates our souls because of the mystery that covers the Royal Ship, the tragedy of people’s fate, the courage of mail crew (they do their job to the last second), the love that lives in spite of ship sinking – all these teach us the following:
be careful of your dreams (the engineer, the sponsor);
be more attentive to your work (the sailors on duty);
take life as a gift (Jack Dawson);
do not be afraid of changing the lifestyle (Rose DeWitt Bucater);
be strong to the end, never give up (Rose, Jack and the mail crew);
stop being egoistic (all those who watched the sinking in the lifeboats).
Thanks to the film TITANIC we are able to feel the hidden messages, make our own conclusions and remember them. Such works are important and influential for the world art and history.
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