A Night to Remember depicts the final hours of the Titanic in an unforgettable rendering of Walter Lord’s book of the same name. This disc features screen-specific commentary by Titanic experts Don Lynch and Ken Marschall.
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This is a superior film to James Cameron's Titanic in the sense of we get more history and background surrounding the sinking and possible rescue that could have saved a lot of lives. It doesn't have the romanticism either, it is a very straightforward telling of a time and era that was brought to an end by tragedy. It may not be as technically impressive as Cameron's film but it's more honest in it's portrayal.
Roy Ward Baker's at times clinical, at times deeply moving, always painstaking recreation of the sinking of the Titanic, based on Walter Lord's excellent book of the same name, pieced together all the evidence and testimony available in 1958 to deliver the most complete reconstruction of the sinking until James Cameron's TITANIC came along nearly 40 years later. Both harrowing and deeply moving.
Not the 1953 Titanic, not Raise the Titanic, not those blasted cartoons, not the miniseries, and James Cameron's only close. No one could make the Titanic disaster more shocking and emotional than this film.
The film was not much about a certain character(s) but keeping the focus on the Titanic and the people who survived and lost their lives on that fateful night. A film that would incorporate actual footage of the Titanic from 1912 to detailed information from the survivors, nothing like it had been done ever before since 1912. Also, a perspective from the other ships Carpathia and Californian. A film worth watching
Impressively done and thankfully unsentimental. The narrative is well paced, building in tension steadily, and the tone poignant throughout. Equal if not superior to Cameron's 1997 version; it's amazing just how much he replicated from this film, often identical shots: musicians playing on deck, the gaze in front of the dining hall clock etc. Historically informative as well as a great action drama in its own right.
More believable than 1997s "Titanic" even if it visually doesn't show us the boat split in two. It was based upon facts that were known before divers went down to the boat so here the boat only sinks to the bottom of the sea. Contrary to the effect fest of 1997 where every death was an effect and not "important" here every death and life matters and the character gallery is much vaster, interesting and believable.