Saturday, May 16, 2015

Titanic (1997): Art and Gilded Age Disaster


     Written and directed by James Cameron, Titanic (1997) won 11 Academy Awards and remains one of the highest-grossing box office films of all time… surpassed only by another Cameron production, Avatar (2009). The fictional storyline finds wealthy society girl Rose DeWitt Bukater falling in love with penniless artist Jack Dawson aboard the ill-fated 1912 maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic. The CGI effects and visuals are astounding, capturing the drama of the Titanic striking an iceberg and sinking: one of the most devastating tragedies in maritime history… resulting in the loss of over 1,500 people. The set design is period-appropriate, capturing the ornate fixtures and Gilded-Age elegance utilized on the costly and extravagent "Unsinkable" ship. The film has a strong art element… with Rose collecting contemporary paintings, including Waterlillies by Claude Monet, Cubist works by Pablo Picasso and Ballet Dancers by Edgar Degas. In the story, the masterworks go down with the ship. A now-famous scene involves Rose posing nude on an elegant salon sofa for one of Jack's figure drawings (James Cameron actually drew the sketch). Kate Winslet is beautiful as Rose DeWitt Bukater. Leonardo DiCaprio is skilled as artist Jack Dawson. Many of the historical passengers are depicted in the film, including The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Thomas Andrews, Captain Edward John Smith, J. Bruce Ismay, John Jacob Astor IV and Benjamin Guggenheim. The supporting cast does a wonderful job, including Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Bernard Hill, Jonathan Hyde, Danny Nucci, David Warner, Bill Paxton and Gloria Stuart.



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"Titanic"- movie trailer