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How has James Cameron presented and adapted the true story of the 'Titanic' for the cinema?

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How has James Cameron presented and adapted the true story of the 'Titanic' for the cinema? The 1997 film 'Titanic' is based on the well-known true story of the R.M.S Titanic, which sank on its maiden voyage to New York from England. The film is based around the sinking of the Titanic, with the break up of Cal Hockley's (Billy Zane) and Rose DeWitt Bukater's (Kate Winslet) engagement as Rose falls in love with Jack Dawson (Leonardo de Caprio) to carry the film along to the accident where the titanic sank in the Atlantic Ocean. This story is part of a larger story told to the crew of a ship who are sent to retrieve the Coeur de la Mer, (Heart of the oceans) given to Rose by Cal before the titanic sank which is told by Rose aged 101, 84 years after the 'Unsinkable' Titanic sank. Director James Cameron (Aliens [sequel to Ridly Scott's Alien], The Terminator, True Lies) ...read more.

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She thanks him and they argue and she looks at his drawings becoming more interested in Jack. The story of the titanic is re-lived through the memory of Rose Dewitt Bukater 84 years after it sank. Set in the present day a team is sent to the wreck of the titanic to recover the Coeur de le Mer. It begins and ends in the present day while the rest is mostly from memory. Music and Sound FX are used to create the mood needed for each scene. For example, when rose is leaning over the rail to jump into the ocean you hear the water being splashed about by the propellers. Special effects are used to create things that a human could not do very safely. For example: When rose slips and is hanging off the rails at the back of the ship, over the water. Visual design is used to recreate what the producers think the titanic would look like from the research they did. ...read more.

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Visual qualities of the film are used to make the audience believe they are there with the main characters in their ordeal. This film compares quite well with other ships on sea like the Poseidon adventure, the perfect storm and Das Boot. Personally I liked the film, it wasn't the best film in the world but that is just my particular taste. The conclusion to the film is a bit mediocre because it is not a really unexpected idea to have the old Rose throw the diamond away but the film is good in other respects like the overall interest that is needed to keep the audience watching the whole thing. One quotation I came across on the internet is: 'The film is weak and riddled with poor dialogue but its hard not to get swept in the sheer majesty of the titanic' I agree with the last part of the film but the film is not full of poor dialogue in my opinion. The media of the film is presented in a good format and it is 'hard not to get swept up in the majesty of Titanic.' In my opinion. 1 ...read more.

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