søndag 15. april 2012

"A Century Has Passed"


Year: 1997
Country: United States
Language: English
Number: 930
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Billy Zane, Gloria Stuart
Oscar nom: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Editing, Best Dramatic Score, Best Original Song, Best Sound, Best Actress (Kate Winslet), Best Supporting Actress (Gloria Stuart), Best Makeup
IMDb: 7.6
RT score: 88% 

Well it's now 100 years since the unsinkable ship, R.M.S. Titanic hit an iceberg and sank down to the bottom of the Atlantic ocean. 1514 of it's 2223 passenger froze to death, mainly because there wasn't enough life boats for every one, because every one though it was unsinkable. And the captain was also forced into taking a faster route so the biggest creation men have seen could arrive some day early. Well there's a lot of things that could have been prevented this from happening. But it's because of this accident that's why the safety about every vehicle is extremely important. It also the first time the rescue message S.O.S. (Save Our Souls) became the standard distress code.

Technically, Titanic is a story about the treasure hunter, Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton) and his team who explore the wreck of Titanic just so they can find a lost jewel that was aboard the ship. A diamond necklace named Heart of the Ocean. After finding the safe that it was suppose to be kept, all they find of value inside is a drawing book with a drawing of a naked lady with the diamond they are looking for around her neck. An old women named Rose Dawson (Gloria Stuart) calls them and claims she is that woman on the drawing. She's then transported to the boat and tells the crew about the journey aboard Titanic. 

She tells about, her a rich american girl (Kate Winslet) who is engage to a rich, arrogant and snobbish steel plant owner named Cal Hockley (Billy Zane). She is tired of this strict life of all the lies and repressions. But on Titanic she meets the young and poor painter and adventures Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) who prevent her from trowing herself into the water. And she is eminently developed an interest for this extraordinary lad, who is more himself than any other of the people at first class combined. And Rose finally opens herself. But the fate want's it other wise, because of the horrible event that took place on the night on the 15. April. I guess you can figure out what happened to Rose and Jack.

The love story itself isn't that original to be honest, it's the same love story that is as old as the ocean itself. But what really fascinate me about this film is that it have a huge almond of historical and class differences attached to it. We see the differences between rich and poor. For the rich this trip was just another trip to america drinking Scotch, smoking cigars and discuss politics, while the passengers on third class drinks and dance and having their times of their lives, because they are all immigrants who dreaming of the new world, not just Brits, but also Italians, Swedes, Turks, Russians and many others, most of them didn't make it, because they were kept under deck to avoid a big crowd so the rich people could get into the life boat first.

The Historical aspects of is that this was the biggest vessel ever build on that time. The ship was seen as unsinkable, and was the pride of the British Empire. This was during the so called "La Belle Époque" (The Beautiful Era). And the year 1912 is for many people the year that lead to the decline of the pride of all mankind and primarily the British empire, because of Robert Scott's failed attempt to reach the south pole first, and the sinking of R.M.S. Titanic. And two years later the first world war followed.

I will say I wouldn't have liked this movie if it were so selfish if it had just followed Jack and Rose during the the disaster. The film show us very much of the disaster itself and how many died. We see the horror and the madness. It's like Sergei Eisenstein's famous stairway scene in The Battleship Potemkin. It's so horrifying to watch all the people falling down in the water screaming, It's worse than hell. The movie covers every kind of personalities aboard as the ships goes down, and how they deal with it.

Does this movie deserve all that reconstruction? Does it deserve all the 11 Oscar wins? Yes and Yes. Titanic is a movie that is a great reminder of how important it is to follow who you are. And always think about safety and see it all in a perceptive compared to earlier times. Most of the Oscars Titanic won was basically technical, and I must say they are pretty good and convincing, both in art direction cinematography and costume. My conclusion of this film is that the love story might be a turn of, it's all the other aspect of it so superb. Rest in Peace.

Grade: B

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