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.
Everything I thought I liked about Cameron's take on this tragic disaster was done long before (and much more artfully) in Baker's film. In this story, I actually come to care about the characters who have their own motives and sub-plots. I also enjoyed the sharing of the safety measures put into place since this horrific event. This is undoubtedly the best telling of the Titanic's woeful tale.
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
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.