Titanic: A Love Story Turns 20

Titanic: a love story turns 20

Titanic  is one of the most famous films of all time. His success was so great that it became a veritable epidemic: some people competed with their friends over who went to the cinema most often.

Titanic won an   award in November 1997, but was only released in German cinemas in January 1998. The film was reissued in 2012 to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the famous ship – in 3D. Twenty years have passed since we first met Titanic   . However, as an icon of contemporary cinema, its passengers are still alive and well.

History of the Titanic

The history of the Titanic is fascinating. She was not only the most luxurious, but also the largest ship of her time, which was used for transatlantic voyages. However, her existence was short-lived because she was already sinking on her maiden voyage. The sinking killed more than 1,500 people and was a true tragedy in the icy waters of the North Atlantic.

The history of the Titanic has been wrapped in secrets, premonitions, and controversy. The lack of boats and the management of the White Star Line have been heavily criticized. In addition, most of the victims were third class passengers – a tragic demonstration of the social inequalities of the period. It is therefore not surprising that the calamity has inspired numerous films. The first film, Saved from the Titanic , came out shortly after its sinking in 1912. However, the most famous film about the Titanic is undoubtedly that of James Cameron.

Cameron’s film left us with some truly touching and tragic scenes due to the special effects, in addition to record sales like we had never seen before. In addition to the story of Jack and Rose, Cameron also saved some real-life characters who rode the Titanic into the late 20th century. These figures include, among others. Molly Brown, Thomas Andrews, Benjamin Guggenheim, and Captain Smith.

The tragedy, the love story, the special effects, the set, the costumes and the signature My Heart Will Go On  earned the film eleven Oscars. Cameron invited us to dream, to experience and survive a tragedy and a time full of social inequality. He conveyed his fascination for the Titanic.

“They called the Titanic” the dream ship, “and it really was.”

Rose, Titanic

Our search for love

Undoubtedly, along with the downfall and the tragedy that accompanied it, the most remarkable thing about this film is the love story between Jack and Rose. They are two young people who come from completely different worlds, but seem to complement each other perfectly. Your story presents us with an ideal love. It starts with a flirtation, develops quickly, and ends in the most tragic of ways.

Love has always existed. It is everywhere and yet it is very difficult to define. Even Greek philosophers proposed theories about love. Psychology speaks to love, and film and literature love to address it. Love escapes rationality. 

“A woman’s heart is a deep ocean full of secrets.”

Rose, Titanic

For example, in the Banquet  , Plato describes a myth that deals with the constant search for a soul mate. According to the myth, the first living things were round in shape with four arms, four legs and two faces. Later they were divided in half, creating the human being. That’s why we go through life looking for our second half all the time.

Love can be seen as a source of energy or a source of inexhaustible inspiration. It is able to move our world and everything that surrounds us. The half that we lack would bring us balance. It’s a spiritual and almost divine quest, and death appears frequently in movies and literature when it comes to love. There are countless examples of this – just think of Romeo and Juliet . In the famous work of Shakespeare, the young lovers have to face a social barrier, as it happens in the Titanic  .

Scene from "Titanic"

Titanic – the story of Jack and Rose

Robert Sternberg is known for his triangular theory of love. In this theory, he explains that in order for love to be true, it must develop three dimensions, namely intimacy, passion and attachment. We can easily identify these three dimensions in Jack and Rose. From the start we can see that the two characters want to get to know each other – on all levels. We also recognize a strong passion between them, as if some uncontrollable force was pulling them towards each other. Of course there is also no lack of bond in the film: “If you jump, I jump too.”

The love story in Titanic is magical and heartbreaking. It leads to an impossible love that shows many signs of idealization. These signs include crush, irrepressible passion, obstacles, social differences, and of course, tragedy. This is an idealization that has always fed our imaginations. Still, it’s just an idealization. This type of love is so divine and inaccessible that we can only experience it after death, when the soul escapes the prison of the body, as we saw in Romeo and Juliet.

Titanic and social classes

“Remember, people love money. Pretend you have a gold mine and you’re welcome to the club. “

Molly Brown, Titanic

As I said, Jack and Rose come from two different worlds. Jack is a third class passenger and he reaches the Titanic by sheer luck (or bad luck). He got his ticket by winning a game of poker. Rose, on the other hand, is traveling in first grade with her mother and her fiancé, Caledon Hockley. Rose, unlike Jack, is not happy. Your life is nothing but a farce. Her father left her an inheritance riddled with debt, and to avoid losing her status, Rose’s mother decides that her daughter must marry Hockley, a very wealthy man.

The film criticizes inequalities. There are areas of the ship that third class passengers cannot access. Even in the face of doom, these inequalities are not undone: most of the victims are third class passengers.

“Money won’t save you or me.”

Officer Murdoch, Titanic

Scene from Titanic.

Titanic   and Social Inequality

We see inequalities even among first class passengers. For example, Molly Brown is a wealthy woman. However, she meets with rejection from the other passengers because she is “nouveau riche”. Perhaps because of her humble origins, Molly Brown turns out to be one of the most sensitive passengers, which contrasts with the pride of Rose’s mother.

Despite all of these social differences and the impact they had on a number of victims, the film also invites us to reflect on happiness. We just have to look at the scenes where the third grade is partying to see that these people are acting in a natural and spontaneous way. Despite their difficulties, they can obviously enjoy themselves better than the authorities. This is a clear sign that while money gives us a number of possibilities, it does not bring joy.

“I am the king of the world!”

Jack, Titanic

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