Puja Miri Yajnik
‘Titanic’ is an epic romance film released in 1997. It is a larger than life film, one that broke a lot of records; written, co-produced and co-edited by James Cameron. It has impressive cinematography by Russell Carpenter. The film stars Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, and others.
The RMS Titanic was a British passenger line operated by the White Star Line company, thought to be the most luxurious liner at that time. A marvel in engineering, it sank on its maiden voyage on April 15th, 1912, taking 1500 people to their deaths in the ice-cold waters of the North Atlantic. Set against this tragic background, Cameron’s film depicts a gripping and touching love story. The music by James Horner is haunting and memorable, specifically the track ‘My Heart Will Go On’, sung by Céline Dion and written by Will Jennings.
The audience meets Rose, an old woman, who takes them through her memories into a bygone era on her voyage from Southampton to New York City. Kate Winslet looks beautiful and brings the young Rose brilliantly to life. Jack, played to perfection by Leonardo DiCaprio, is a poor artist who wins his ticket to the boat in a bet. He is the epitome of a ‘hero’; handsome, courageous and enterprising. Rose, on the other hand, is reserved to a point of stiffness, doing what she has to do in accordance with the ways of her class. She is unhappy and feels trapped, engaged to be married to a rich man and travelling with him and her mother for the ceremony.
Rose is both astonished and attracted by Jack’s approach to life: “I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it.” The film expertly portrays the aristocratic Rose falling in love with the much poorer, though experienced and wise young artist from a different social strata. There are several iconic romantic scenes and grand visuals that remain in the memory of the viewer.
‘Titanic’ is a huge film; a masterpiece known for its technical brilliance. It won a great many awards and accolades. All said and done, it is a beautiful, albeit tragic love story, with inspired performances from all the artists.
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