Titanic (1953)

titanic 1953You’ll never guess how this one ends.

 

I may be the only person on this cold, dark earth who hasn’t seen the 1997 remake, but I’ve listened to My Heart Will Go On more than enough times to make up for it.

Some will say this version of Titanic is slow, and they are correct — HOWEVER, if you can make it past the first 45 minutes, I swear on a stack of Leonardo DiCaprio posters that the ending is worth it.

The big names starring in this cinematic masterpiece are Clifton Webb (Cheaper by the Dozen), Barbara Stanwyck (Christmas in Connecticut) and Thelma Ritter (mostly smaller roles in films like Miracle on 34th Street, All About Eve, and Rear Window).

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: I don’t actually own any Leonardo DiCaprio posters…..anymore.

titanic movieThe sinking of the Titanic resulted in the loss of more than 1,500 people, including men, women, and children (though there were more men who died since most officers loading the lifeboats followed a “women and children first” protocol).

When tragedies occur, they tend to bring out the best in some people, and the worst in others. And while the realities of being on a sinking ship were likely much different than this film portrays (where everyone stands and sings a chorus of Nearer, My God, To Thee), I like to think that for most of these people, the disaster brought out their noblest, finest qualities.

titanic sacrificeWe know of at least one such instance on the real Titanic:

A Mexican man from a well-off family named Manuel Uruchurtu was travelling alone on the ship. On the night of the sinking, he already had a seat in a lifeboat, but as the boat was about to be lowered he noticed a woman from Second Class pleading to be let into the boat, because she had a husband and little child awaiting her.

Manuel stood up and gave the woman his seat, asking only that she visit his wife in Mexico to tell her what happened. His body was never found.

Such acts of sacrifice are not above the rest of us. No matter what mistakes we’ve made in the past, we are all capable of doing the right thing when it matters most.

“[Jesus was] crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” — Hebrews 2:9

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One Response to Titanic (1953)

  1. I never saw the 1997 remake as I had seen “Titanic” from 1953 and that one was plenty. It also had good memories for me (NBC’s Saturday Night at The Movies — yeah!!!) … interesting how some of the same story lines were in the remake, mainly the love story now pumped up between the entitled Rose and the poorer boy in a different class/steerage (Jack — called Giff in the original). I’ll be discussing the ’53 remake on a podcast this week. Your blog is really good.

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