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.
George C. Scott,
A successful attempt at an even-handed portrayal of the White Star Line's (later part of Cunard) luxury liner R.M.S. Titanic's sinking from the standpoint of 2nd Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller, himself the most senior of the ill-fated ship's Deck Officers to survive the disaster. (Lightoller later went on to distinguish himself as a line British Naval Officer during the First World War and served as a Senior Naval Staff Officer (convoys) during WWII. Between wars he owned and operated a successful family business producing pleasure craft.) His own survival of the sinking, along with several others, is shown atop one of the liner's two "collapsible" lifeboats which was capsized in floating off the liner as it sank. The picture depicts then known facts (c1958) as reported after the sinking; such as the woeful lack of adequate lifeboats, the ship's band playing true to the very end, White Star's co-owner Bruce Ismay's somewhat less than chivalrous departure from the sinking vessel -... Written by
One of the Irish passengers, Patrick A. O'Keefe, was a young man who boarded the Titanic when he was 21 years of age. Just a few days before he entered the Titanic, he had horrific dreams of the ship sinking and nearly canceled his ticket. However, he decided to board the ship anyway. Once the Titanic was sinking, he managed to survive on the "collapsible B" life raft. He died in 1939, in Manhattan, from unknown causes, at the age of 48. See more »
The transcription of the ice warning keeps changing: when it is being written the last two letters of the word ICEBERGS project outside the border of the printed box on the wireless form. A few seconds later, as the purser lays down a new bundle of messages to be transmitted, the letters ERGS are outside the border. When the wireless operator spikes the used forms, the word is contained entirely within the box. A few minutes later there is another view of the spiked forms and it is back to the last two letters of the word being outside the box (i.e. the one we actually saw being written.) See more »
[watching the half-filled lifeboats being launched]
If they're sending boats away, why don't they put some *people* in them?
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I've seen several film versions of the Titanic tragedy (I'm something of a buff--I'm distantly related to Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Kimball, who were 1st class passengers!) "A Night to Remember" is still the best, no contest. The effects are 1958 state-of-the-art, the script was meticulously researched, and the people are actually written and played as 1912 people (James Cameron's cast were a bit too much 1990's to be convincing). Even those characters who are slightly fictionalized (the "lady" who represents--without mentioning--Lady Cosmo Duff-Gordon, and "my dear son" and his family, for examples) behave as their real life counterparts would have in 1912, giving the film a documentary feel without failing to give the viewer people to identify with and care about. This is classic film-making at its finest!
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