TITANIC

It was the 1997 box-office juggernaut that earned $8,658,814 on its opening day and stayed at number one for fifteen consecutive weeks in the United States and Canada.

Titanic is an epic romance/disaster film surrounding a fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Jack (DiCaprio) and Rose (Winslet) are members of different social classes yet fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage.

Admit it, at some point in the 90s you did a parody of the ‘hand palm’ steam scene or the ‘I’m flying Jack’ with [arms panned out].

Cameron’s inspiration for the film was predicated on his fascination with shipwrecks, he wanted to convey the emotional message of the tragedy, and felt that a love story interspersed with the human loss would be essential to achieving this.

Why was a movie about the Ship of Dreams a must-see blockbuster and why was it pivotal to growing up in the 90s ?

  • Leonardo DiCaprio, the IT guy of our generation he had school girls and soccer moms swooning
  • CGI, heavy on the special effects this was groundbreaking stuff in ’97 and took our imagination to new heights
  • Attention to detail, real footage of the Titanic even enticed historians & Nat Geo enthusiasts  
  • Script, in the tradition of Romeo & Juliet forbidden love sells tickets 
  • With a 194 minute running time, it was the perfect date movie plus you get your moneys worth
  • Cos if you didn’t see it, you couldn’t join in the topic of conversation at homeroom

 

My Heart Will Go On

Pop Quiz hot shot: James Cameron was adamant about not including any song in the film, even over the closing credits. Composer James Horner secretly arranged with lyricist Will Jennings and singer Celine Dion to write “My Heart Will Go On” and record a demo tape which he then presented to Cameron, who responded very favorably and included the song over the closing credits. The song went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

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