April 18, 2005

Shipping out: Titanic w/ Leo and Kate

Titanic just didn't do it for me this time around. I usually skip the second installment of my VHS version because I don't like to think of the ship and all of those people dying (I used to cry), but somehow I was desensitized to the entire experience, probably because I was taking mental notes of elements addressed in this specific film, which may not have been portrayed in other works.

Analyzing can really sap the life out of a work, but it helped point out some potentially important remediation elements consistent with current (well, 1997) culture:

--The feminist character of Rose. She mentions Freud, smokes, drinks, and talks back to her fiance. She saves Jack by chopping off his handcuffs.
--The ship's sinking motion. Breaking apart and detaching. New knowledge acquired by virtual reality and technological advancement.
--Portrayal of various notable characters: Ismay as heartless, Captain Smith as the proud, yet heartened tragic character, and Andrews as the benevolent friend of Rose and pawn of Ismay
--Facts vs. Historical Fiction: How well does the story match the facts, and what is given up by the romantic drive of the film?

Okay, that's a start. I've ordered A Night to Remember, a multi-media CD, and the made-for-television flick from other libraries, so I should have something to compare all this to soon.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at April 18, 2005 9:15 PM | TrackBack

Hmm, kinda funny, that... I've written a short story called "A Night to Remember."

Posted by: ChrisU at April 18, 2005 9:56 PM

Do I want to ask what it is about? And if I do, do tell.

Posted by: Amanda at April 18, 2005 10:06 PM

Actually, the story I wrote is the first part of an unfinished series I started writing back in high school ... They're all based on DnD ideas, though, so you probably wouldn't understand them too well.

Posted by: ChrisU at April 19, 2005 7:25 PM

I really should explore DnD; it is such a prevalent topic in some circles.

Nevertheless, I am sure "A Night to Remember" by C. Ulicne is an upper-crust example of fan fic; I would expect nothing less.

Posted by: Amanda at April 19, 2005 9:47 PM

I submitted it to a community of DnD enthusiasts for review -- along with the other stories in the series that I've finished thus far -- and they seemed to like them. :)

Posted by: ChrisU at April 19, 2005 11:46 PM

There is much about the sinking of Titanic that remains under debate today. Much good research is at Encyclopedia Titanica. I believe most people would agree today that Ismay was heartless, that Titanic did break in half, and that females did not act like Kate in 1912. It remains under debate whether or not the band played "Nearer My God To Thee" as Titanic went down and whether or not Murdoch actually shot himself. But I think there are a lot of little touches in the movie which are factual, for example baker Joughin being the last into the water, and the dialog on the bridge just before and after the iceberg struck. One aspect of the sinking that was left out of the movie was the mysterious ship seen by people on board Titanic, many people today believe it was Californian, others deny that vehemently. Something else you might like to read about is the heroic actions of Carpathia captain Rostron.

Posted by: Paige at April 24, 2005 10:12 AM
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