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How does James Cameron Represent the ;Old World' and the 'New World' in his film, Titanic?

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How does James Cameron Represent the ;Old World' and the 'New World' in his film, TITANIC? The film opens with a black screen and the very loud thud of a drum booming, maybe representing the certainty that in the film the ship will collide with an ice burg and be submerged. This creates a feeling of pressure and anticipation in the audience. There are also wide screen and vertical shots to create a larger atmosphere. Straight away following this, the audience witnesses shots of the Titanic setting out on her maiden voyage from Southampton in 1912.We can see in gradual slow motion, the joyful, cheerful faces of men, women and children, waving goodbye some may be separating from loved ones. There are faces of hopefulness and suspense on their faces as they wave goodbye to their old worlds and look forward to their 'New World'. It is essential for the audience to realise that thee shot been shown are not a reconstruction, but rather genuine film footage. The fact that the recording is true affects the audience by reminding them that most of these cheerful, positive faces will by no means reach New York, but as an alternative will meet their death in the Atlantic Ocean hours later. The footage is in an old fashioned sepia wash, also reminding the viewers that even though this disaster happened in the last century, it is still considered to be of enormous historical significance. ...read more.


The closing sequence opens with a close up of Rose, lying on the wooden door in the focal point of the Atlantic Ocean. Her face is covered in a blue bathe and her hair and face are covered in icy particles. This gives her character an uncanny, eerie quality, reminding the audience of the conditions around them in the Atlantic Ocean and what they may be faced with. The last words Jack says to Rose were "You must promise me that you'll survive. You won't give up. No matter what happens. Don't let go of that promise". To me this gave me the impression that Jack knew deep inside himself he was going to die of hypothermia. It also gives the audience something to think about, will she choose to die in the 'Old World' or do as Jack says and fight to see the 'New World' through. Rose then turns looking up at the stars as she sings a song Jack was singing previously in the film. She sings "Come Josephine, in my flying machine". These words are very significant to her for one Jack was singing that the night she decided to start a new world with Jack and to leave Cal behind. Secondly the words mention flying for example flying away to her new world and she can take any direction she wanted because she is now free from Cal and her mother. ...read more.


After her long detailed account of what had happened during her experience on the Titanic even those listening had tears in their eyes of the thought of the traumatic experience people had had to go through that night. It then returns back to the 'Old World' of 1912 and it shows survivors as they wait for the rescue ship. When people get to rescue ship there still they are split into two halves 'Steerage' and 'First Class' decks. In an attempt to hide from Cal, Rose goes to the steerage deck. Though Rose sees Cal looking for her on the steerage deck she has already decided she does not want anything more to do with him anymore. As the rescue ship arrives in America the Statue of Liberty is in the background with Rose infront. The Statue represents a new start and Rose now has freedom and she can take whichever path she wants with nobody in her way. Now it shows the present and you can see that their views have changed by looking at facial expressions and tears in their eyes. No longer do they see Titanic as a money making scam but as a tragedy. "For three years I thought of nothing but Titanic, but I never got it! I never let it in!". The man in charge of the salvage team has realised that there is more to Titanic than trying to salvage material from the wreckage. 1 STEPHANIE THOMPSON MEDIA ASSIGNMENT ...read more.

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