Taking things easy this morning. The TV has been mostly off with the exception of watching a few documentaries. One of them was about the real reason the Titanic sank.
Anyone who is above the age of thirty has probably seen one version or another of the sinking of this unsinkable ship. When you look at the list of how many movies and TV shows that were made about the tragic event, it is pretty amazing:
Many films have been made about the RMS Titanic:
- In Nacht und Eis, a 1912 film produced in Germany. It was thought lost until a collector discovered a copy in his collection in 1998.
- Saved from the Titanic, a 1912 film starring Titanic survivor Dorothy Gibson.
- Atlantic, a 1929 film that is highly fictionalized. It was retitled Titanic: Disaster in the Atlantic in American home video releases.
- Titanic, a 1943 German Nazi propaganda film directed by Werner Von Klingler.
- Titanic, a 1953 film starring Barbara Stanwyck, Clifton Webb and Robert Wagner, directed by Jean Negulesco.
- A Night to Remember, a 1958 film based on the disaster.
- The Unsinkable Molly Brown, a 1964 film starring Debbie Reynolds as Titanic survivor Margaret Brown.
- S.O.S. Titanic, a 1979 made-for-television film.
- Raise the Titanic!, a 1980 “B-Movie” film based on the novel by Clive Cussler.
- Titanica: IMAX, a 1995 IMAX documentary film about the Titanic narrated by Leonard Nimoy.
- Titanic, a 1996 television mini-series, starring George C. Scott, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Peter Gallagher, and Tim Curry.
- No Greater Love, a 1996 made-for-televisison romance movie in which a young woman takes charge of her young siblings, upon losing her fiance and parents in the disaster. Based on the Danielle Steel novel of the same name.
- Titanic, a 1997 blockbuster film directed by James Cameron and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Gloria Stuart (older Rose) and Billy Zane: highest grossing film ever, grossing $1,842,879,955 worldwide.
- Titanic: The Animated Movie, a 2001 Italian animated musical directed by Camillo Teti
- Titanic II, a 2002 short film that spoofs the 1997 James Cameron film whilst referencing the real-life sinking of the Titanic
- Ghosts of the Abyss, a 2003 3-D IMAX documentary directed by James Cameron and starring Bill Paxton
The special I watched last night was pretty interesting since it challenged most of the assumptions that were made prior to the Cameron film in 1997.
But one thing that all of the films had in common was that the ship was supposed to be unsinkable. It wasn’t.
On the night of 14 April 1912, during the ship’s maiden voyage, Titanic hit an iceberg and sank two hours and forty minutes later, early on 15 April 1912. The sinking resulted in the deaths of 1,517 people, making it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.
I have often thought in my life that America too was unsinkable.
We have survived through many disasters, wars and epidemics. But I am always reminded that America, like the Titanic, is not unsinkable. Both were built by human hands and both have their flaws.
Three days from the most important election of my lifetime, I see an iceberg dead ahead. Its called radical socialism. Some of us see the danger and some are fast asleep in their beds. Some will survive the crash and some will not. The office of the deck on the night of the crash gets a lot of grief because he took a hard right turn. At the last minute, he realized that the ship was not responding fast enough and he revered course. All to no avail.
The problem with icebergs is that you don’t always see the size and scope until its too late. The same is true with radical socialism.
Well, lets hope we can miss this one. But rest assured, without doing some serious work in the future, we will be having this struggle for some time to come.