spectacular special effects set amidst the backdrop of one of the most tragic
events of the 20th century, James Cameron's award-winning TITANIC stands as one
of the greatest Hollywood spectaculars of all time. Beginning with an undersea
expedition in the 1990s, in which scuba divers are searching the sunken ship for
lost relics, a painting of young Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) is found.
This triggers a flashback to the young woman's story as it happened on the
doomed Titanic. Rose is a daughter of privilege on her way to be married to an
arrogant but wealthy young man (Billy Zane). Despairing, Rose finds herself
falling in love with Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio), a carefree and poor young
artist who is also aboard. When the great ship strikes an iceberg and begins to
sink, Rose and Jack have only each other as their world falls apart around them.
Director James Cameron spared no expense in bringing his simple yet powerful
love story to life, building a full scale model of the ship, fussing over the
tiniest details, and ultimately spending some $200 million dollars. A worldwide
smash, TITANIC received fourteen Academy Award nominations and 11 wins,
including Best Picture. Despite all the lavish sets and special effects, the
film would be nothing without the emotional core provided by stars Winslet and
DiCaprio, who give star making performances as the tragic young lovers.
a film for all ages, both sexes and all cultures, and its success can be
attributed to such. But ultimately, whatever it was that made Titanic the film
it is today, and whether you like it or completely loathe it, there is no
escaping that it is indeed a cornerstone of cinematic history. Like Gone with
the Wind in the late thirties, Star Wars in the mid seventies, and most recently
The Lord of the Rings trilogy,
Titanic is cemented into our culture and our
history for all time.
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