titanic

What’s with people wanting to relive the Titanic story?
Specifically, to watch a movie about it.
Over and over again.
First, there was the 1912 film with an actual survivor starring in it.
Then, there were the versions of the 30s, of the 40s, of the 50s, of the 60s, and Cameron’s.
Several at that.
From feature films to documentaries, from fact to fiction.
It’s fine if we have one every decade or so, but to repeat the same one just so we can experience it in 3D?
What does that tell about the audience?
About the production companies and the director – it’s clear: fame and fortune, and some other more ‘official’ and ‘holistic’ things.
But us – the ones on the other side of the screen with the popcorn and the dropped jaw?
Do we actually want to have lived through the Titanic story?
To feel what it must have been like to freeze and die slowly in the middle of the Atlantic, in the dark, with hundreds of others around us, drowning, screaming, desperate, scared, dying.
It would have been even better.
Wouldn’t it?
And if we had, say, our family with us – to add to the drama, maybe also a disabled pet and a pregnant cousin, or something?
Absolutely perfect!
That would have been the real deal for us to experience the Titanic story.

The upcoming 3D version of the 1997 Titanic movie just made me think of the unquenchable thirst we, people, have for negative information. Or shall I say entertainment.
To begin with Jerry Springer, go via the Ring or the Exorcist, and round up with the dramatic love of Jack and Rose.
And now they’re all going 3D to top it all!

I think they (unclear who) should go even further: reconstruct the whole Titanic into an Adventure Park!
Cut straight to the real thing.
Why 3D and all the snoozing in a conventional cinema?
Somewhere Orlando, or maybe in the Mediterranean (depending on where the biggest Titanic fans are).

Reconstruct the ship – the way they did for the last Titanic film.
Technology today is absolutely fantastic – so, the iceberg hit, the sinking moment, the stern rising, the ship splitting, the water pouring through and filling up cabins, the live boats, the screaming people,  the whole lot will be part of the experience in the Adventure Park.
I am sure this whole thing can be created in a finger snap and as a recurring entertainment for curious visitors and stunned tourists.
What fun would that be!
And the brochure would say:

BEST TIME EVER!
VISIT TITANIC WORLD and relive the 1912 events!
Kids’ first-day on board FREE!
Only €175 pp
Special discounts for disabled.
FREE FOOD AND DRINKS
This winter, the hottest place to be – TITANIC FUN PARK!
Don’t forget your umbrella and warm socks!”

Bouncy tourists will be able to even rent costumes – to really dip into the whole reality obsession.
Make it real. Give people the whole shaking, freezing, jumping, fake drowning, all the screaming, waves, and madness that the real passengers of the RMS Titanic felt back in 1912.
The money this business will make.
I could only imagine.
Just look at what a movie can make.

Back to my point, why the 3D of the same movie, the Titanic?
What is so important for people to understand about the ship and what went on?
The ship was gorgeous.
An innovation of its time.
A hope and a dream for some.
A pride and an achievement to others.
The personal stories were human, tragic, and each one important in their own right – not only of Jack and Rose.
What does this story teach us that I’d want my kids to watch over and over?
Do people actually know that 100% of the First and Second Class kids were saved, while those from the Third Class – a meagre 20%?

Film, whether it is in 3D or black&white, has one certainty about it: it’s there to entertain, manipulate, and present its author’s point of view.
In short – it’s subjective.
Nothing is wrong with that, of course.
Except that we can’t learn well about history through a filmic expression.
And that’s what today’s youth relies on – because they hate reading.

So the question really is, will our kids take films, such as Titanic, as a historical event and claim they know a piece of history, or as an entertainment ‘fun park’ theme based on a historical event of which they know nothing about?

I only wonder, will [my] kids be able to develop critical thinking when they are exposed to manipulative film techniques, intelligent montages, and subjective viewpoints about historical events through film?

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