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Titanic and the Making of James Cameron: The Inside Story of the Three-Year Adventure That Rewrote Motion Picture History Hardcover – June 14, 1999

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Paula Parisi, who spent a decade covering tech-heavy films for The Hollywood Reporter, is among the very, very few journalists whom the notoriously thin-skinned director James Cameron trusts. He granted her amazing access to Titanic, the costliest film ever made. Parisi puts you there on that fascinating, top-secret set, while Kate Winslet flirtatiously calls out from the dark, moody grotto of the 100-foot water tank to Leo DiCaprio, "Darling! Come join me on the debris!" We get privileged glimpses of Cameron shaping his star's performance, right down to his gait in his crucial entrance to the high-society dinner--"You're a little too funky chicken there, Leo ... don't nod to the waiter!"

She has great details about the infamous incident in which some jerk poisoned the crew with the terrifying hallucinogen PCP, sending 56 people to the emergency room. PCP transformed Cameron into a replica of Schwarzenegger in his film Terminator. "Life imitates art," Cameron's pal Lewis Abernathy tells Parisi. "One eye was completely red, just like the Terminator eye. A pupil, no iris, beet red. The other eye looked like he'd been sniffing glue since he was four ... I'm thinking call an organ donor bank, next of kin ... And he puts on this big ol' grin and says, 'Finish the movie, Lewis, you know what to do!'"

The set medic tamed panic with pop music, just like the Titanic orchestra--only Roy Orbison instead of ragtime. Star Bill Paxton made a daring escape from the hospital and got back to the set in time for the conga line.

Cameron's ego is so damn can-do that he feels he could have saved the passengers of Titanic if he had been the captain. To save everybody, Cameron tells Parisi, the captain simply should have loaded everybody aboard the iceberg! "They would have been cold, but they would have lived."

Parisi is the opposite of the typical scorpion-like showbiz reporter; she is pro-Cameron. To get to her unrivalled inside scoops, you have to wade through gushing sentences such as, "The symmetry and perfection of the room are as awesome as anything out of Kubrick's Barry Lyndon or The Shining." She does not dwell on the script's weaknesses, as most of the press and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did.

But if you have a scintilla of interest in how this infinitely difficult and technically innovative film was made, Parisi's is the book to buy. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In the wake of James Cameron's Titanic (14 Academy nominations, 11 Oscars, a billion-dollar worldwide box office), Parisi traces the development of project "Big Boat" from inception to conclusion in a tribute to "the man who did more than any other to revolutionize the look of film as we enter the new millennium." Written in a breezy, reportorial style, the book details the execution of Cameron's vision of Titanic "as a kind of living history." Cameron's notorious perfectionism prompted the building of a 750-foot replica of the Titanic and the building of Cameron's own film studio in Mexico. Called the 100 Day Studio, it was the first built by one of the Hollywood majors since the 1930s. Taking responsibility for his excesses, Cameron (in an unprecedented move) reassigned his profit-sharing back to Twentieth Century-Fox. Surpassing Waterworld's gigantic budget, Titanic became the most expensive movie ever made. Staffers wore T-shirts proclaiming: "You Can't Scare Me I Work for James Cameron." But Mr. Action King pulled it off. At the cost of $1 million per minute, Titanic became the highest-grossing film ever in the U.S., exceeding Star Wars. There is an old-fashioned feel to the story of the making of Titanic, and Parisi's lively portrayal recalls the egomaniacal geniuses of yore, particularly D.W. Griffith, whose daring innovations founded the movies as an art form by 1912. Is Cameron the D.W. Griffith of the 21st century? Time, the greatest Titan of all, will tell. 16-page color photo insert not seen by PW.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Newmarket Press; First Edition edition (June 14, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557043647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557043641
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,541,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book brought the movie into a new perspective. It made it very easy to explain certain scenes to our kids, so that they could truly understand the complexity of the movie and thus of the disaster. The actors/actresses speaking of the fear they felt on the set just trying to recreate the worst maritime disaster in history-gives us a small glimpse of what the passengers/crew faced that nite. Also, it gave us a new respect for all the hard work, long hours, difficulties that had to be overcome to delivery the greatest movie of all time to the public. Also, we get to see that James Cameron is human, he gets frustrated and upset just like everyone else, that in and of itself was reassuring, because he is so often portrayed as larger than life.
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I'm a big fan of the Special Features on DVD's and Blu-rays. Sometimes they're better than the actual movies. To see what
goes on behind the scenes etc. Of course I've found that the books are even more informative in a lot of ways. I found that
to be particularly true in the book "the Making of Jaws". So, I bought this book in hopes that I would learn more about the
making of that wonderful movies "Titanic" by James Cameron who from all accounts is a real perfectionist.
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This book is the closest thing to actually being there whilethe film was made. Parisi's exclusive access to the set and Cameronpermits an over the shoulder view describing details and nuances that went into making a movie of epic proportions. Many facets of directing are not generally known and we are made aware of the struggle and persistence to get things done. Thus we have insight into the genius of Cameron and respect for the author's ability to translate the enormity of making this masterpiece. I enjoyed being a fly on the wall thanks to Parisi's book.
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This is a great book and was quite easy to read. If you are interested in James Cameron - or the movie Titanic, then read this book. It's not a full bio of James Cameron, really a book about how he got Titanic made. Such an interesting read.
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I'm glad to have been exposed to the minutiae of the mammoth undertaking of making this film, because it increased my appreciation for both Titanic and James Cameron; also, it was interesting. But I feel that the book could have been vastly improved by HAVING SOMEONE EDIT IT!!!!!!!! (Parisi thanks an editor in the afterword, but I have doubts such a person really exists). The same grammatical errors appear consistently (such as the use of the conjunction "it's" where "its" would be correct, the use of the word "premiere" where "premier" would be correct, commas used where semicolons should go - really basic errors which any high school teacher would catch). The author's frequent switches between past and present tense make for a somewhat disjointed reading experience. I undertand what she was trying to do, but I think it could have been achieved in a more seamless fashion. The above kept pulling me out of the narrative and jerking me back into reality, and that certainly interfered with my enjoyment of the work. Having said that, Parisi does provide an abundance of detail (for all but the very technologically advanced or production insiders, maybe a little too much - you find yourself reading for context) and some interesting insight into James Cameron. As well, and this is perhaps the single best reason to read this book, she does succeed in conveying the huge scope of this project - and the attention paid to every single detail that resulted in a superlative piece of work.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a very easy read and a favourite in my collection of filmmaking books. It combines astounding technical details and juicy gossip in equal measure. I've shared more than a few anecdotes from this book in casual conversation and recommend it to any fan of James Cameron's work. He's absolutely fascinating. Would love to read more.

Note: It pairs REALLY well with "James Cameron's Titanic" by Ed W. Marsh.
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After I started reading this book, I wrote a review giving the book just three stars. I complained about the typos and technical errors I noticed in the first few chapters. But now that I have finished reading the book, I feel the book deserves four stars. I noticed no errors or typos in most of the later chapters. What's more, the book is genuinely interesting in its account of how one of the greatest movies of all time was made. It is very readable. And I learned a lot.

The book's biggest shortcoming is that it can't really do justice to the size and scope of its topic. The book is really about three things, and any one of these could be its own book. First, it is about James Cameron's underwater exploration of the Titanic wreck. Second, it is about James Cameron the filmmaker. Third, it is about the making of "The Titanic."

Cameron's exploration of the Titanic wreck was a major maritime expedition. The details consume the first third of this book. The irony is that many people who have seen the movie don't even realize that many of the shots of the wrecked Titanic are not special effects shots, but real underwater shots of the actual Titanic wreck. James Cameron and others risked their lives to get these shots.

The second aspect of the book is about James Cameron himself. The book provides some biographical details, though not really a biography. But you definitely get a sense of how driven he is, and what a perfectionist he is.

Most of the book is devoted to the actual making of "Titanic." Many people don't know that a film studio was built from scratch for this movie, along with a nearly full-size replica of the Titanic's exterior. You definitely get a sense of how much work and money went into making this movie.
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