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

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

     The Titanic is a very well known story. The director James Cameron created the tale of the largest ocean liner sinking on its maiden voyage, which included a love story, starring Leonardo Dicaprio as Jack Dawson and Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater. The cost of making the film was over $200 million and it was purely made because of the Titanic disaster on the 15th of April 1912. The film is three hours long and Century Fox Paramount is the major studio that is behind the making of the film. It’s about a high society girl, Rose DeWitt Bukater who falls in love with a decent, honest man named Jack. Its show us how she survived the sinking of the Titanic but unfortunately jack is unable to.  

   The Titanic is a good example of a high concept film because it is a straightforward, easily pitched, simply comprehended story and there is a strong match between the images displayed in The Titanic and the music. Celine Dion who is the famous music artist who sang the theme song of the film, that helped make the film a blockbuster hit. The song she sang was called “My heart will go on” the lyrics of the song closely matched the storyline of the film. “My Heart Will Go On", begins with, "Every night in my dreams, I see you, I feel you," which indicates to the audience that Rose is only asleep and is dreaming of Jack. One of the lines of the verse was “My heart will gone on”. It shows us the view of forbidden love, When Jack dies Rose can’t live without him but the song portrays that the memories of jack will still be alive in her heart even though he is no longer alive.    

    As we analyse the opening of the Titanic we can see a medium shot of The Titanic embarking on its maiden voyage to New York. We can see the passengers waving farewell to there loved ones on the dock. A medium shot is used to enable us to view the entire action-taking place. The dramatic irony technique is used here because the audience know the Titanic will sink and this touches the audiences’ emotions, since they can see how many people are aboard the ship and soon their lives will unknowingly be in danger. There is no use of colour but the sepia tinted tones convey to us the historical period the story took place in and the use of flash back is poignant. Because the montage used is effective it shows us the old ship wreckage being slowly replaced by the Titanic. It makes it hard to believe for the audience that such a luxurious and beautiful ship could be trapped on the ocean bed in complete wreckage.

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     Analysing the mise-en-scene it shows us the costumes of that period are very authentic, men are dressed in tailcoats, cravats and top hats and women are dressed in carefully embroidered long dresses of muslin, crinoline, gingham, satin and lace. This is what people from higher class wore because they could afford such clothing. But people from a lower social status wore coarse outfits that were usually dull coloured. Upper class citizens had manners and were not rude as in compared to the lower class.


   Rose calls the Titanic, "the Ship of Dreams", and ...

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