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Modern cinematography thrives on the imagination and the fiction provided by its directors and producers that have the viewers on the edge of their seat. It’s only natural when viewers go to have a good time and watch something that entertains them for about two hours long. Although most films are fictional and, in some cases, “out of this world” there are many films that portraits and catch a small but important portion of history.
One of the most iconic non-fiction romance films is Titanic, made in 1997. This film brilliantly portraits the broken-hearted story of the R.M.S. Titanic that after hitting an iceberg, sunk, killing a majority of its passengers. The 64-year-old, director and producer, James Cameron, also known as the director of Avatar, did an outstanding job making this film happen. Titanic was one of his biggest films he has accomplished in his career. With the amazing performances of Leonardo DiCaprio, a 44-year-old playing the role of Jack, and Kate Winslet, a 43-year-old playing the role of Rose, and along with the other cast members, it helped portrait this tragic story of the “unsinkable” ship.
This film opens up with 101-year-old women played by Gloria Stuart, who overheard about the nude sketch and the necklace that the expeditions wanted to find at the bottom of the sea. After hearing this she starts telling the story. Young Rose arrived at the Titanic with her fiancé, Cal Hockley, played by 52-year-old Billy Zane, which she did not want to get married with. Then Jack Dawson, a kind but poor artist, arrives and aboard the luxurious Titanic. This part of the film is where everything starts to build up. Furthermore, in the film, Jack and Rose meet and fall in love in a dramatic way. Following the story of these two young lovers, we get a small idea of what it was like to be aboard this ship and the hardships, panic, and fear experienced by the passengers once the ship hit and started sinking into the cold deep waters of the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912.
In this film, many things caught my eye. To begin with, this film was made in 1997, which is 22 years old from now. For its time, this film is a masterpiece in showcasing the true story of this ship, and still keeping viewers wanting to know what is going to happen next in the film. The soundtracks only add on to the romance and drama of this film. Especially captivating the emotions of the viewers that want to see these two young teens fall in love before the ship’s impending doom.
They were many soundtracks but one that stuck up the most for me was the theme song, “My Heart Will Go On.” The tune of the song helped show the love between what Jack and Rose had. They also played this at the end of the film because they were finally together again and it would leave viewers in tears and sadness.
The formal techniques, aside from the memorable acting are the reason why this film is still considered great from one of so many. Keeping in mind that this film was released in 1997, this film has a lot of editing, lighting, and sounds that great films in this day use. All of this was well put together thanks to its director James Cameron.
The editing of this film was excellent. The film had its own pace and it was perfect because it was not going fast or slow throughout the film.
The sound was outstanding because it made some scenes from the film tenser. For example, the sinking scene increases the sound because of the fear and panic of the passengers. Also, the scene where Jack and Rose are “flying” it increases
With extraordinary techniques, this film made me feel happy that the couple wanted to be together, to the point where I was rooting for their love, and left me a feeling of sadness, and not only that the couple did not make it, but that a lot of the other characters did not see their way through the end of the film. As far as the thematic content, I believe it did a great job portraying the arrogance that people really believed this ship would never sink, regardless of the situation, and panic and desire to live while this ship was actually doing the unthinkable, sinking. In the film it portraits very accurately how only wealthy people were the ones that were aboard in this, being so that it’s time if you were rich you had the pleasure of doing whatever you pleased when you desired it. For example, in the real-life story of the Titanic the editors said, “In fact, the third-class passengers were not even allowed onto the deck until the first-class female passengers had abandoned the ship,” (History.com Editors) which explain that the wealthy people were always first on anything because they were first-class. The formal techniques helped and worked forward the thematic content because it really captivates the feeling of families and people that were only looking to have a good time going from Southampton, England to New York. None of them had any idea that this cruise would be their last and it would end in an extremely tragic way.
In conclusion, this is a masterpiece of a film. Not only because it adds the Hollywood aspect by telling a love story, but it, more importantly, shows the tragic story of what happened out in the North Atlantic Ocean the night of April 15, 1912. For anyone interested in history or just a tragic romance story I recommend this film. In my opinion this film did everything right from it’s choosing of actors and actresses to the setup, whether it be lighting, soundtrack or editing because at the end of the movie the viewer realizes how well and thoughtfully this movie had to be planned out because it not only had to be appealing to the viewer, but it also had to stay true to its events. If you have not yet done so, I recommend you grab a blanket, some popcorn, get comfortable and go watch Titanic.