How accurate is the Titanic movie in showing what happened on that fateful night?
I watched a documentary indicating that the depiction of the damage to the ship and the way it sank was fairly accurate. The same goes for the information about the ship not carrying the proper number of lifeboats because they wold make the decks look cluttered. I believe the launching of lifeboats not filled to capacity was also true.
I really don't know, but seems like whenever something happens that makes history, the media makes a movie of the supposedly events. I really don't believe all of the things presented in the movie, actual facts seem to be lessened while fiction seems to become puffed up.
I also have heard that the movie Titanic was historically accurate, but the love story was totally fiction. I totally LOVE the movie, but I have had others tell me just because of the added love story they did not like the movie.
The James Cameron movie, does show some aspects quite faithfully, though much of the story is fictional.
One of the advisors on the movie was Walter Lord, who wrote a book on the sinking, A Night to Remember in the 1950's. This book was also made into a movie in 1956, of all the movies which involve the Titanic sinking, A Night to Remember is the most factual and the only movie where the story is mostly about the sinking.
James Cameron's movie is after all fiction with some historical background, the sinking is merely a part of the background story, the main story is the love story between Kate Winslett and Leonardo di Caprio's characters.
I heard that the vessel sank at an angle of about 23 degrees and not straight down in vertical entry as was depicted earlier. I suspect that many so called facts were actually embellished in movie drama and that what really happened may be actually left to Davy Jones and never fully understood.Basic facts were accurate to some degree and the love story was, of course fictional, but added to the drama and suspense afforded by the film. The sinking of such a beautiful ship that was supposedly unsinkable has always held much interest and many questions as to why this vessel sank as it did. It was a very tragic event in American and world history.
An astronomer pointed out that the 90's version had improper constellations in the background for that time of year. Apperently the new version has a corrected background.
In reality the passengers in steerage, like Jack in the movie, would never have got the chance to mingle with the "first class" passengers - class segregation was pretty absolute. Rose would probably have looked down her nose.
The movie showed the crew insisting "Women and children first" but in reality it was wealthy people first. I found this interesting statistical research someone has posted on the Internet.
Certainly, the 37% who survived included far more women than men. But if you scan down to "Breakdown of Passengers by Class" you see that 63% of First Class passengers survived compared to 43% of Second Class passengers and only 25% of Third Class passengers.
It appears the mechanics of the sinking may have been accurate but the social reality may have undergone a slight white-wash.
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