MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 9,884 this week

Titanic (1943)

6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 863 users  
Reviews: 36 user | 12 critic

The story of the sinking of the British luxury liner Titanic in 1912.

Directors:

, (uncredited)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 25 Oct 2011
 
a list of 35 titles
created 04 Nov 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 26 Feb 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 16 Mar 2013
 
a list of 42 titles
created 31 Mar 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Titanic" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Titanic (1943)

Titanic (1943) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Titanic.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Titanic: Blood and Steel (TV Series 2012)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The construction of the RMS Titanic at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast against the background of union riots, political and religious conflicts, and a romance between a young ambitious engineer and an Italian immigrant.

Stars: Kevin Zegers, Alessandra Mastronardi, Derek Jacobi
Titanic (TV Mini-Series 2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The world's largest ship, the Titanic, meets with disaster when it strikes an iceberg on its maiden voyage.

Stars: Peter McDonald, Steven Waddington, Glen Blackhall
Comedy | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A mystery writer and his newlywed wife move into a Greenwich Village apartment and find themselves with a corpse and a half dozen red herrings.

Director: Richard Wallace
Stars: Loretta Young, Brian Aherne, Jeff Donnell
Titanic II (Video 2010)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.6/10 X  

On the 100th anniversary of the original voyage, a modern luxury liner christened "Titanic 2," follows the path of its namesake. But when a tsunami hurls an ice berg into the new ship's ... See full summary »

Director: Shane Van Dyke
Stars: Shane Van Dyke, Marie Westbrook, Bruce Davison
Titanic (1953)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An unhappy married couple deal with their problems on board the ill-fated ship.

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Wagner
Short | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young wife and her musician husband live in poverty in a New York City tenement. The husband's job requires him to go away for for a number of days. On his return, he is robbed by the ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Elmer Booth, Lillian Gish, Clara T. Bracy
Titanic (TV Mini-Series 1996)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The story of the 1912 sinking of the largest luxury liner ever built, the tragedy that befell over two thousand of the rich and famous as well as of the poor and unknown passengers aboard the doomed ship.

Stars: Peter Gallagher, George C. Scott, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Black Tears (1998)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

BLACK TEARS tells a tragic love stoey. Andre's life is completely shaken after he meets Isabel. She is not really crazy, simply different. Isabel is suffering, and Andres follows her ... See full summary »

Directors: Fernando Bauluz, Ricardo Franco
Stars: Ariadna Gil, Fele Martínez, Elena Anaya
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An account of the ill-fated maiden voyage of RMS Titanic in 1912.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Kenneth More, Ronald Allen, Robert Ayres
Short | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

First Titanic Movie ever. Released only a few Days after the sinking of the Original Ship.

Director: Mime Misu
Stars: Waldemar Hecker, Mime Misu, Otto Rippert
Kolberg (1945)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

During Napoleon's victorious campaign in Germany, the city of Kolberg gets isolated from the retreating Prussian forces. The population of Kolberg refuses to capitulate and organizes the ... See full summary »

Directors: Veit Harlan, Wolfgang Liebeneiner
Stars: Heinrich George, Kristina Söderbaum, Horst Caspar
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A young woman tells her parents and fiance (in flashback) about the recent sinking of the Titanic and her experiences as a passenger during the disaster. Her intended marriage now faces a ... See full summary »

Director: Étienne Arnaud
Stars: Dorothy Gibson, Alec B. Francis, Julia Stuart
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Sigrid Olinsky
Hans Nielsen ...
Kirsten Heiberg ...
Gloria
Ernst Fritz Fürbringer ...
Sir Bruce Ismay (as E.F. Fürbringer)
Karl Schönböck ...
Charlotte Thiele ...
...
Franz Schafheitlin ...
Hunderson
Sepp Rist ...
Jan
Claude Farell ...
Manniküre Hedi (as Monika Burg)
Edit

Storyline

Building the Titanic has been a huge financial effort, and White Star Line president Ismay wants her maiden voyage to hit the headlines. He urges Captain Smith to make the fastest possible crossing to New York. When iceberg warnings come in, the captain must ask himself if he is willing to risk the safety of his ship just to please Ismay. Written by Wilhelm Noeker <wnoeker@t-online.de>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Drama | History

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 February 1950 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Titanic  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (censored)

Sound Mix:

| (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Herbert Selpin was arrested by the Gestapo during this film's production. He was found hanged in his cell the following day. See more »

Goofs

In the film when the lookout sees the iceberg he says "Ice! Ice to starboard" but the lookouts used a phone to tell about the iceberg not by talking. See more »

Quotes

John Jacob Astor: [to Ismay, as Astor has just beat him at billiards with an unexpected shot] He who doesn't plan for everything sees his plans go awry.
See more »

Connections

Edited into Dance with Death: The Ufa-Star Sybille Schmitz (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

God Save The Queen
(uncredited)
(British national anthem)
played at the first dinner
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
PROPAGANDA-EFFECTIVE DRAMA
18 June 1999 | by (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Most articles on this film tend to overlook the intrinsic qualities of the film as film, though of course these are connected with the propaganda aspect. The opening scenes (the board meeting and subsequent meeting) are strong and the key to the propaganda: in a very short time it is effectively made clear what the point of view of this film is and what follows is an entertaining and propaganda-effective film. From the moment we are on the ship until the collision the film is drama routine, but one of the better sort. Really exiting is the film from collision till sinking, i.e. when the real drama emerges and the splendid special effects do their jobs; not one aspect of the outlined drama is forgotten, it is fast-paced and very well directed.

Of the cast it is Sybille Schmitz who excels, while other members also do a very good job; they must have done so otherwise the whole propaganda aspect would not have come across. There is one exception here: it seems that Hans Neilsen (playing the German officer) is very good, but he is not. It is often said that he speaks his lines as a Wehrmacht officer on duty, but for me his machine gun like delivered lines sound more like the staccato of the regular commentator of the Deutsche Wochenschau (compare this, when you have the possibility).

Though this film is obviously anti-British, it is rather anti English capitalist establishment and their decadence than anti-British per se *; an anti-capitalism not so much based on (to generalize) theoretical arguments, but (as most of fascist ideas) on the petty bourgeois middle class mentality and jealousy towards others who are better off. The crux for this is in the strong opening: it is here when Ismay remarks that he cannot take into account the interests of the small investors, they must bend to his need and of course greed. As such the focus of the propaganda is established; on the ship we meet very wealthy people playing with money (e.g. the gamblers) and people preferring money above people (Lord Astor, well played by Schönbock), these being decorum for the propaganda and an elaboration of the already established focus. Money (large sums bidden for almost everything) plays the major part in this film (it should have received first credit). Lord Astor even worries about stolen jewelry while the ship is sinking: money makes decadent. Compare for instance the cynic way of life upper deck and the more natural and spontaneous life lower deck.

[* Noteworthy is that after its re-release in 1950 it was quickly banned again in the Western zones, while in the Soviet zone it was screened without a problem; the anti-capitalism might have done the trick.]

The pro-German aspect and the answer to everything is German officer Petersen. He not almost single handedly saves a part of the passengers, he also shows the right spirit when it comes to human feelings. Only when the Baltic countess says she has no money anymore, he gives room for his feelings towards her; what a fine chap, he is! And it is from that point on that she does her duty as a human being and starts helping out with the rescue: money makes cynic.

There is also a hint of Durchhaltefilm here. Take for instance that schematic and ideological German rural couple; not a couple of flesh and blood, they seem to have walked straight out of a Nazi rural painting. Men and women are separated for the rescue, but this couple stays together: in an almost religious shot they hold hands expressing that nothing can separate them. They are separated by force of the panic, but reconciled again in the end. No catastrophe can undermine the simple German life.

This Titanic has its influence on film history as well. It has been ripped off at least twice, first in 1958 for A Night to Remember (a story widely known) and recently by James Cameron who for his Titanic but boring endeavour stole quite some story ideas and complete scenes; check this when you have the opportunity.

It is often written that this film was not released in Germany cause of the death (suicide, murder?) of its first director Selpin. Wetzel & Hagemann in their survey of censorship in Nazi Germany (book, 1978) claim that this is not so. It had its unnoticed premiere in 1943 in unimportant cinemas, only to be banned in December 1944 for the well-known reason: the audience was not to be confronted with catastrophes.

Beware which version you see; as I understand it there are 2 versions. The longer one (the one I saw) includes a final scene in court; Petersen is the German J'accuse of Bruce Ismay, but there appears to be no British justice.


32 of 38 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
saving the man locked in prison drazen-n
The Ship That Was The Titanic... NPZwar
Deutsch? FireFuryandFlame
Sailing Ship see near TITANIC ? tallgiraffe876
Goebbels fancied himself as a great film maker notorious918
Discuss Titanic (1943) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?