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The Hollywood Insider Titanic 25th Anniversary Review

The dramatic, and partly fictional retelling of the sinking of the Titanic – which took place early in the morning on April 15th, 1912 – has a warm place in the hearts of audiences around the world. The film is directed by James Cameron, known for his emotional, yet gorgeously cinematic filmmaking techniques and storytelling skills. The film’s cast includes the illustrious Leonardo DiCaprio starring alongside his love interest, Kate Winslet. In addition to these actors, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Francis Fisher, and Gloria Stuart are all seen on screen during the 3 hours and 14 minutes of the film. These actors join together in a grand and moving film that accurately portrays the events of the Titanic’s ill-fated voyage through the eyes of the fictional characters invented by James Cameron himself. After twenty-five years, the story remains a beautiful capture of what it means to fall in love in a society that attempts to bind relationships between classes.

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Main Cast

Leonardo Dicaprio is a fabulous actor and producer in all respects. Starting when he was just 15 years old, Leonardo has grown in talent and skills that aid him in his career as both a filmmaker and an actor. Aside from his dashing looks and great sense of humor, Leonardo brings a unique perspective to each project he works on. Leonardo DiCaprio is best known for his roles in ‘Inception’ (2010), starring alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elliot Page, Ken Watanabe, and Tom Hardy, ‘The Departed’ (2006), with Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, and Martin Sheen, directed by Martin Scorsese, and ‘The Wolf of Wallstreet’, the cast including Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, and Matthew McConaughey. Leonardo is also known for his iconic role as Jay Gatsby in ‘The Great Gatsby’, with Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. Leonardo has become a household name due to his wide variety of work in films, tv shows, and the overall entertainment industry. In the future, you can plan to see Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’, directed by Martin Scorsese, which is in its post-production stage, as well as a few other upcoming works.

Kate Winslet stars next to Leonardo DiCaprio at the age of 22. Kate was born on October 5th, 1975 in Reading, Berkshire, England. Kate got her start by acting in school productions and also working on some local modeling and advertisements. Some of Kate Winslet’s most famous films are ‘Sense and Sensibility’ (1995) directed by Ang Lee, and The ‘Divergent’ series starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, and Zoe Kravitz. Recently, Kate was cast as Ronal in ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’, directed by James Cameron and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Britain Dalton, Trinity Jo-Li Bliss, and Jack Champion. Kate Winslet was nominated for the 70th Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Leading Role for her work on ‘Titanic’. Currently, Kate is producing and acting in an upcoming TV series titled, ‘The Palace’, which is now in production.

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‘Titanic’s Director

James Cameron is the highly acclaimed director of this classic film, bringing to life the story and history of the Titanic through his filmmaking talent. James Cameron is well-known for a multitude of popular movies and franchises. Most recently, James has brought his futuristic concept of ‘Avatar’ back to life with a sequel to his first movie. ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ continues the story of Jake Sully and his family as they once again must fight for their planet, Pandora, against the human invaders. This chart-topping film’s cast includes Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, and as mentioned before, Kate Winslet. James is also known for his ‘Terminator’ series, which spans multiple movies and plots. The cast of ‘Terminator’ includes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Michael Biehn. ‘Titanic’ was not James Cameron’s first movie production, nor is it his last, but perhaps it can be argued that his work will last for many generations due to the quality and authenticity of the film. 

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For the future, James Cameron is working on ‘Avatar 3’, ‘Avatar 4’, and ‘Avatar 5’, as well as a thriller titled ‘The Informationist’, which is just starting its development stage. The Avatar movies will be keeping their casts mostly the same, despite the shifts in the plot and storyline. All the actors who have put their hard work and enthusiasm into the films bring James Cameron’s ideas to life on screen. The film was nominated several times for many various awards, including the Academy Awards’ Best Motion Picture of the Year. For his work on ‘Titanic’, James Cameron won the Academy Award for Best Director in 1998, as well as a Blue Ribbon Award for Best Foreign Language Film. As audiences are well aware, James Cameron simply doesn’t disappoint with his beautiful cinematography and artistic taste. The world is looking forward to whatever film James is working on next.

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‘Titanic’s Story

The true story of the Titanic’s sinking took place on April 15th, 1912, after the ship struck a large iceberg during its voyage to New York City, USA. The ship carried approximately 2,200 passengers and crew, of which 1,500 perished in the sinking of the ship and the frigid waters surrounding the tragedy. The Titanic was the largest ship of its time, something people marveled at and adored. The destruction of such a great symbol of society’s advancements sent a shiver down the spine of the countries surrounding the event. One of the Titanic’s greatest downfalls was the lack of lifeboats abroad; the twenty lifeboats on the ship could only accommodate about ⅓ of the occupants of the ship in the instance of an emergency. Along with that, chaos ensued from the ship’s collision with the iceberg sending the travelers and crew into a panic, causing some to be trampled, tossed overboard, and in some cases drowned by their own terror. James Cameron specifically chose this immensely impactful event in our history to emphasize the beauty and tragedy of the love story between Rose and Jack; quite successfully, too.

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The making of ‘Titanic’ began in September 1995, more than 80 years after the disastrous event occurred. The film was co-financed by Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox, becoming the most expensive film to produce at the time. Additionally, the film was the first film in history to gross more than 1 Billion internationally. Although the story and romance between Rose and Jack are entirely fictional, merely a piece of James Cameron’s imagination, the emotional and historical value of the film is what draws audiences into the plot. Even today, many still claim ‘Titanic’ to be as relevant and beautiful to them as if it were a part of their personal life, and in some ways, it is. The story of the Titanic must never be forgotten because it opens our eyes to the valuable lesson of the mortality of modern advancements as well as the tragedy of society’s approach to relationships between classes. Thanks to James Cameron, we are forever able to hold this piece of reality in our hearts through his film, ‘Titanic’.

Director: James Cameron

Written By: James Cameron

Top Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Francis Fisher, and Gloria Stuart

By Finley Clough

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