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TITANIC – Critical Essay

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Stephen Hunter 10I TITANIC - Critical Essay In 1912 an exceptional boat was created, one that was far supreme to any other previously seen. Its name was TITANIC. In this essay I intend to explain how, using various special effects and techniques, James Cameron and his crew along with the help of extremely talented divers, managed to create a true cinematic masterpiece namely the film 'Titanic'. Also, I will demonstrate how the universal themes of 'forbidden love' and 'courage in the face of disaster' were used as a key to show the audience around all sections of the boat. In addition to this, by focusing on some main characters I will explain how it enables the audience to become more emotionally involved. When the ship sinks, rather than 'it's a ship, who cares?' there is a reaction of 'oh no I hope Jack and Rose are ok.' The audience has grown to love the characters they have been introduced to, so, when the ship sinks the audience's first reaction is to think of Jack and Rose hence making the sinking more devastating. This film is made more authentic by the time, detail and money put into the development of the project by James Cameron. Cameron made a total of twelve dives down to the wreckage of the original. ...read more.

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At the dinner there are many looks across the table ones that suggest there is something between Jack and Rose. This scene is true antithesis of the steerage party where the atmosphere is very laid back and relaxed. There are people laughing and smiling and generally having an enjoyable time. Jack and Rose are visibly enjoying themselves. As they dance together there are many close-up shots (CU) to show the emotion on each of their faces. There are also some (POV) shots enabling you as the audience to see what either Jack or Rose are viewing. This is to create the feeling of pleasure as Jack and Rose spend time together and become close to each other. This type of shot is used when Jack and Rose are dancing in the steerage party. Jack is spinning Rose around in circles and the camera repeatedly changes between a (POV) shot from Jack looking at Rose's face and a (POV) shot from Rose looking at Jacks face. In this case the (POV) shot is also a (CU) shot to emphasise the happiness. Although at this point Jack and Rose are just friends there are hints that there is more to Jack's feelings for Rose than just friendship. This is shown many times throughout the steerage party scene as Jack repeatedly gives Rose looks of desire and (CU) ...read more.

Conclusion

Jack then tells Rose not to say goodbye because they are both going to survive. Here Jack sacrifices his chance of survival to give Rose a higher chance or surviving. This is the last occasion on which Jack and Rose talk as Jack freezes to death before the lifeboat comes to save them. Overall I think this is an exceptional film. Although it is not one that I would choose to watch personally, it would be an excellent film for someone interested in love type themes, as this really is the main gist of the film. I feel that the sound effects, lighting effects and camera angles were used in a very effective way to set the different scenes. The film is very moving and emotional. Although it is not my type of film I do agree with the essay question "A tale of forbidden love and courage in the face of disaster that triumphs as a true cinematic masterpiece", I agree with this quote as the various effects used come together to make a great film. I recognise that to someone who likes this type of film it could possibly be one of his/her favourite films. The scenes of the boat sinking and people dying everywhere are very emotional and effective. So to round off it is not a film I would watch but I do agree it is a cinematic masterpiece and would recommend it to anybody who likes love stories. ...read more.

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