Films About The Sinking of the RMS Titanic
39 5.7 61. Titanic (2012)
For the centenary of the Titanic's sinking, a new miniseries was commissioned. Because of course. But rather than a big studio like HBO taking on a project like that (oh God I wish they did), it was made by ITV on a ham sandwich budget, with Downton Abbey scribe Julian Fellowes charged with writing it. Fellowes even decided to slam James Cameron's epic just to make himself feel better about his miniseries.
Absolutely godawful. I own and still watch the 1997 film and A Night to Remember, but I watched this miniseries once and that was it. I watched the first episode when it aired, then kind of lost interest and had to force myself to watch the rest of it a few months down the track. Incredibly cheap, with terrible CGI, forgettable characters, poor story framing... It's boring and uninvolving. Yeah it's meant to be more about the characters than the spectacle, but the acting and writing needs to be good to let that happen. I never felt like I was on the ship here. It looked like a sound stage. And it looked like CGI was being used.
I can't remember much about this shit program, so I'll let someone more informed tackle this one:
8525 7 7.72. Titanic (1997)
"I'm the king of the world!"
It was the most expensive movie ever made at the time. It won 11 Oscars. Critics loved it. Audiences at the time adored it. It became the highest-grossing motion picture in history (until James Cameron's follow-up flick, Avatar, hit cinemas). What a shame it has been forced to endure such a severe backlash.
I love this movie. For me, it's the best movie about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. It manages to be exciting, exhilarating, emotional and heart-wrenching. Performances are top-drawer (if you say Leo is crap in this, I will fight you), direction is exceptional, and the technical achievements are mind-blowing. It truly feels as if you're wandering the decks of the doomed ocean liner. The sinking scenes are intense and terrifying. I don't get the hate...
Tonnes of them.
35 6.3 5.93. Titanic (1996)
"I've mourned enough."
Titanic was a two-part TV movie filmed in Vancouver and starring George C. Scott as Captain Smith, Marilu Henner as Molly Brown and Eva Marie Saint and Peter Gallagher as fictional characters. The CBS movie was clearly designed to exploit the hype swirling about the then-uncompleted James Cameron film which was released in 1997.
N/A haven't seen
Ha, yeah, loads. Everything from Captain Smith saying CQD stands for "Come Quick Distress" to Tim Curry's character raping a stewardess.
I'll leave the rest to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic_(TV_miniseries)#Goofs
7 4.5 6.34. S.O.S. Titanic (1979)
"God went down with the Titanic"
This is a lavish made-for-TV movie starring David Janssen as John Jacob Astor, David Warner (who played the evil and sadistic gun-toting Lovejoy in the Cameron film) as Lawrence Beesley, a second class passenger, Ian Holm as J. Bruce Ismay and Cloris Leachman portrayed Molly Brown. Filming took place off the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea; aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California; in iceberg-infested waters near Greenland and in a gigantic "floodable" studio near London.
N/A haven't seen.
119 7.5 7.95. A Night to Remember (1958)
"Everybody up, get dressed, get your lifebelts on, at once."
The enormous popularity of Walter Lord's book A Night to Remember and its television dramatisation convinced Irish film producer William MacQuitty that the story deserved a lavish big screen treatment. The result is considered by many to be the best film about the Titanic's sinking ever to be released. And the film focuses on the sinking, and pretty much nothing else - after showing the ship's launch, it skips straight to April 14th as night is falling. It also conveys the story mainly from the perspective of the ship's officers. The interiors were filmed mostly at Pinewood Studios near London and the authenticity of this production included 30 interior sets constructed from actual blueprints of Titanic and actors who looked like the people that they portrayed.
During my Titanic obsession in childhood, I watched this movie ad nauseum. I remember seeing it at least 50 or 100 times. It's simply an amazing movie. The special effects are at times unconvincing, granted, yet the acting is great and the historical accuracy is fascinating. The drama unfolding is also quite riveting. I've also read Lord's novel, and I must say... Roy Ward Baker's film has done it justice.
Without a doubt, A Night to Remember is the most accurate cinematic rendering of the sinking of the Titanic to date. It's pretty much a documentary in the way it tells the events of the sinking pretty much exactly how they happened, at least as far as we can theorise. Only minor alterations were made to the historical record for dramatic purposes particularly the use of "composite characters": fictional characters who embodied the characteristics of several real people representing the three classes on board the Titanic. It also doesn't show the ship splitting in half, but the splitting wasn't confirmed till 30 years after the movie was made, so this is forgivable.
65 5.7 7.36. Titanic (1953)
"We may be having sand for supper."
20th Century Fox finally got around to realizing David O. Selznick's plan to give the Titanic story the full Hollywood treatment that it so richly deserved and which was long overdue. Titanic was a lavish docudrama that mixed fictional and real characters and opened in Hollywood on April 14, exactly 41 years after the disaster. The film's script won an Oscar for the screenwriters. The model of the Titanic used in this film has been completely restored and is on display at the Marine Museum in Fall River, Massachusetts.
To be frank, I didn't overly like this film. Due to the historical inaccuracies, the VERY minuscule attention to detail, and the subpar production design, it's difficult to perceive this as a Titanic movie, too. It has its moments, but the film is ultimately underwhelming.
Jesus, there are lots. It focuses on fictional characters, for starters. The interiors of the ship are inaccurate, the costumes are inaccurate... I might as well just point you to an in-depth analysis
17 6.3 6.47. Titanic (1943)
"You see, the 'Titanic' is not just a bunch of shares. She is a tangible asset. Tangible assets create power, and power is a means to whatever you want."
During World War 2, the German film industry, firmly under the control of the Nazis, made a propaganda version of the Titanic disaster. It was one of the most expensive German films made until that time. The film was a pet project of Hitler confidant and powerful minister of propaganda Joseph Goebbels. The fact that the real disaster highlighted British incompetence and corruption appealed to Goebbels and there was considerable opportunity for dramatic license.
That said, the film isn't sinfully bad. It's entertaining enough, and it's an interesting take on the Titanic disaster. But it's just a curiosity... Nothing more.
The movie is almost completely devoid of truthful facts, and they even managed to make Bruce Ismay even slimier than he was in real life. In rewriting history to show German supremacy, 1st Officer Murdoch was replaced by fictitcious German Officer Peterson, the lone voice of reason on this "ship of fools." Not to mention, the model work is the only accurate depiction of the ship. The close-up shots filmed on a different ship don't even slightly resemble the Titanic. This extends to the lifeboat formation, the deck, the bridge... There's even a searchlight atop the bridge in this version, and the lifebelts are inaccurate. Added to this, all the British characters speak in German with perfect German accents...
5 7 5.38. Atlantic (1929)
A thunderbolt of drama impossible to describe!
"Atlantic" was based on Ernest Raymonds play "The Berg". While not mentioned in name, the story is obviously based on Titanic. It was the first film to depict "Nearer My God, To Thee", sung by all those left onboard, much like the Fox film 24 years later. The White Star Line tried to block the production of this movie, but failed to prove it was actually the Titanic being depicted, as the ships name was "Atlantic", even though there was a WSL ship called "Atlantic" back in the 1800's that sunk with a heavy loss of life. White Star Line threatening to sue was one of many attempts by the shipping company to discourage filmmakers from dramatising the Titanic disaster.
This section is rather pointless, as the film is not officially a retelling of the Titanic disaster. It's just a modernised retelling inspired by the disaster. Seems redundant to waste my time here.
2 3 6.39. In Night and Ice (1912)
In Nacht und Eis is an early moving picture to have depicted the sinking of Titanic. It was released quite soon after the ship sank. The German-made film is only thirty-five minutes in length, but it was three times longer than most films of 1912. The film, long thought lost, was recently discovered, and portions can be seen in the documentary Beyond Titanic.
In Nacht und Eis did take some liberties with history (as most Titanic themed movies do) showing exploding boilers, flame shooting out of the funnels, and the passengers singing hymns en masse. On the whole, it's not very accurate.
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