On the 110th anniversary of the world’s most famous shipwreck, it’s time to dive into the chilling ocean of James Cameron’s masterpiece and decipher once and for all what is fact and what is fiction . Get your boards, just in case it’s ballast.
File: How accurate is the iconic movie? Did Rose’s heart really go on? Was Jack really too big for this board? Find out this (not really) and more (I’m serious this time) about what happened and didn’t happen in the legendary epic.
Today marks the 110th anniversary of the most famous ship-iceberg symbiosis with the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
A post-hume inspiration for an almost intolerable number of things, including arguably the iceberg metaphor used by every psych major in the world, the most well-known thing to come out of the ‘unsinkable ship’ alive has to be the phenomenon from pop culture The Titanic.
The 3-hour romantic and disaster film epic was released in 1997 and remains to this day one of the most well-known and referenced films of all time.
He is also responsible for my heart Will Go On by the legendary Celine Dion.
Winning 11 Oscars while taking in a titanic $2 billion+ at the box office, the film is billed as a fictionalized – but faithful – adaptation of the tragic events that befell 1,523 passengers and crew when the luxury British liner was sunk in the North Atlantic Ocean. .
But how accurate is the iconic film? Did Rose’s heart really go on? Was Jack really too big for this board? Find out this (not really) and more (I’m serious this time) about what happened and didn’t happen in James Cameron’s movie.
It Happened: The Behemoth Was Truly Considered Unsinkable
The makers of the RSS had great confidence in the durability of the ship. As many. The captain of the ship is said to have proclaimed that “God Himself could not sink this ship”.
It seems that God had time that day.
All joking aside, the boastful attitude of the men responsible for building the ship prevented them from seeing potential flaws in their faith in their abilities, resulting in the sinking of the ship in 2 hours and 40 minutes – shorter than the total duration of the best picture.
It Didn’t Happen: The Love Story of Rose and Jack
While it should probably be common sense, the romance that occurs between our protagonist who provides the human lifeline for the film and many of the film’s best moments has been completely made up.
However, not only was the romance a sham, but the characters weren’t inspired by real passengers. Not even our resident survivor Rose who inspired American artist Beatrice Wood. This one hurt.
Whose heart must it go on now, Cameron?
It happened: the band continued to play
A moment literally meant to harass your heart and one of the epic’s most pivotal moments is when the band continued to play as the ship sank – although it’s unclear whether that last song when the water completely broke was Alexander Ragtime Band, In the dark, Closer to you my God, or Autumn song.
I guess when you sink the sound can get a bit muffled. I will be here all night.
Didn’t Happen: Flashlights
Hollywood is notorious for embellishing moments for dramatic effect, but when making the most expensive film at the time, they had the budget to embellish the story.
During the chaotic crash, crew members can be seen using flashlights. Flashlights, however, were only recently invented and were not commonly used – and not at all by actual crew members.
It Happened: Molly Brown
Although our two centerfolds are nothing but a fable, Kathy Bate’s Molly Brown provided the film with not only one of its most unforgettable characters, but one of the few relevant passenger-inspired characters. real.
Though not exactly true to the real person, Hollywood trades Margaret for Molly in its portrayal of the wealthy American socialite and philanthropist.
Didn’t Happen: Jack was not, in fact, King of the World
Sorry to tell you, but the real King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions in 1912 was George V.
I should have used that inflated ego to stay afloat, Jack.
It happened: the ship really hit an iceberg
After the many things uncovered in this extensive research, I was beginning to believe that maybe the ship had never even hit that iceberg and all those psychiatric majors were misinformed.
However, it is true that the ship struck an iceberg when it collided with the unpredictable floating mass on April 14, 1912 at 11:30 p.m. and sank completely at 2:20 a.m.
Rose might have called it the “Ship of Dreams”, but this sinking was nothing but a nightmare on the Atlantic Ocean.
On a more serious note, while this article has poked fun at some of the discrepancies between the movie and real life, what happened to the RSS Titanic was a real tragedy.
If my heart can’t go on for Jack, it most certainly goes on for all those who are lost.