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The Chambermaid on the Titanic (1997)
"La femme de chambre du Titanic" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  14 August 1998 (USA)
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Horty, a French foundry worker, wins a contest and is sent to see the sailing of the Titanic. In England, Marie, saying she is a chambermaid on the Titanic and cannot get a room, asks to ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Didier Bezace ...
Aldo Maccione ...
Zeppe, Actor
Jean-Marie Juan ...
Arno Chevrier ...
Marianne Groves ...
Didier Bénureau ...
Simeon's Secretary
Alberto Cassadie ...
Giorgio Gobbi ...
Yves Verhoeven ...
Vincenzo De Caro ...
Salvador Madrid ...
Barbara Lerici ...


Horty, a French foundry worker, wins a contest and is sent to see the sailing of the Titanic. In England, Marie, saying she is a chambermaid on the Titanic and cannot get a room, asks to share his room. They do, chastely; when he awakens, she is gone, but he sees her at the sailing and gets a photo of her. When he returns home, he suspects that his wife Zoe has been sleeping with Simeon, the foundry owner. Horty goes to the bar, where his friends get him drunk and he starts telling an erotic fantasy of what happened with him and Marie, drawing a larger audience each night. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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There was more than one love story on the Titanic.


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14 August 1998 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$7,902 (USA) (14 August 1998)


$244,465 (USA) (18 September 1998)

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2.35 : 1
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When the Titanic is seen leaving the dock, smoke is coming from four funnels. On the real ship, the fourth smokestack was a dummy. See more »


Gypsy Csardas
Extracto de "Austria Central Europe Greece" - Bruton Music BRR31
Written by John Leach (as J. Leache) and George Fenton (as G. Fenton)
Courtesy of E. Warner Music
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The genius who irritates me
23 February 2003 | by (La Rioja, Spain) – See all my reviews

Another viewing of this film recently simply left me where I was before: there is something about Bigas Luna which escapes me, or just simply irritates me. Whereas any viewing of Aitana Sánchez-Gijón evidently has its pluses, inasfar as anything else related to the story being told, I think I would rather make do with the pages of Didier Decoin.

Having already waded through the insufferable `Las Edades de Lulú' (qv), `La Teta y La Luna' (definitely no qv), the trivial and frivolous `Bámbola' (qv), and the overstated and over-coloured `Volavérunt' (qv), I think I can only be glad that, thus far, I have missed out on `Jamón, Jamón' or `Los Huevos de Oro', among others, without being unfortunate enough to have missed out on anything. But the irritating thing is that Bigas Luna is a genius. Maybe not in the sense of getting the best acting interpretations – he doesn't – but certainly in all other techniques involved in making a film, especially in scene-setting for yesteryear and even longer ago. This is evidently apparent in `La Femme de Chambre du Titanic' and `Volavérunt', in which the Italian Franca Squarciapino is clearly one of the best specialists in the matter: the period costumes are superb in both films. I see on IMDb that she had plenty of schooling back in the 1980s with operatic productions.

So I patiently sit here awaiting the next Bigas Luna – more or less anticipating what it will be, because I am definitely in no rush for it, and will not even be sorry if it goes by without my catching on. But if it does turn up, you can be sure I shall be watching: there is something fascinating about a man whose films do not exactly end up being very appetising fare but which show such remarkable cinematographic talent.

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