A Night to Remember (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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(Apr 03, 2012)
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The account of Titanic's loss has something in it to appeal to everybody. For the lovers of a great story it has incredible drama and suspense. For lovers of nostalgia it is far the best documented voyage of any ship from the golden age of the great ocean liners. For those interested in tragic irony there is the story of a great ship, regarded as unsinkable going down after ominous warnings were ignored. For those interested in stories with a moral, there is the cautionary tale of placing blind faith in any work of human hands, or thinking that the things of men are impervious to the forces of nature.Read more ›
Even though one knows the end, the tension runs high, and we get caught up in lives of the people aboard "the floating palace", and how they handled their dreadful fate. The characterizations are beautifully developed, which is rare in this type of film.
The scenes of the inner workings of the ship are intense, and very well re-created. When compared to documentaries made about the Titanic, this film would seem to be quite accurate, in the physical aspects of the ship, and of the people who sailed her, as passengers and as crew.
I find this 1958 version far superior to the 1997 Oscar winning "Titanic", mostly because the script and acting are much more believable, making the events of that dreadful night come to life and stir the emotions in a deeper way than the newer film ever could.
Adapted for the screen by Eric Ambler from the book by Walter Lord (which I read many years ago and also found fascinating), the direction by Roy Ward Baker is superb, and the almost symphonic score by William Alwyn terrific.
"A Night to Remember" won a 1959 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film.
Total running time is 123 minutes.
As frequently noted, the film has a somewhat documentary feel that adds considerably to its tension. Less frequently noted are the remarkable performances of the ensemble cast, playing characters who fight to retain their integrity in the face of rising panic. Unlike the soapy 1950s Stanwyck version or the overblown James Cameron film of the 1990s, there are no easy endings for those who are trapped, no love recognized at the last moment or sustaining memories of brief shipboard happiness to float them forward through life: at the end there is only darkness and death--mitigated, sometimes nobly, by the human kindness and sacrifice. Powerful stuff.
That said, this is a riveting and unforgetable docu-drama of this historical event, arguably the most infamous maritime disaster (although loss of life has been greater in other shipwrecks).The fascination lies in the "if onlys".i.e.Read more ›
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The most accurate telling of the events as I know them of any Hollywood rendition of that incredibly unfortunate series of events.Published 8 days ago by anonymous
Was a gift for my Dad who loves Titanic movies (He said it was great)Published 16 days ago by Valeria007
I watched the movie many years ago, the quality of the DVD is wonderful.Published 28 days ago by tottenham46
This is a classic that beats that Dicaprio mess by a country mile.Published 1 month ago by Diana Clark
A truly specular movie!!!!!!!!! Works grate no glitches!!!!!! Doesn't skip!!!!!! would highly recommend to other people!!!!!!!!!!! Don't change a thing!!!!! Read morePublished 2 months ago by max mudry
The template for Cameron's Titanic. As true as it gets to the events of that night. Wonderful.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Although produced prior to wreck discovery that confirmed breakup of hull; most dramatically accurate of all movies to date.Published 3 months ago by Peter Heikkinen