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Monday, November 28, 2022

James Cameron, director of Titanic, on the sequence that reassured him of the film's massive box office success: Scene Stealer | 'A slam dunk'



 In today's episode of Scene Stealer, Kate Winslet's Rose and Leonardo DiCaprio's Jack clinging to the stern from James Cameron's massively successful Titanic are brought back to life.


Titanic, directed by James Cameron in 1997, is a landmark film for many reasons, including the fact that it made box office history and established its lead actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as genuine movie stars.Here is a random data for cinephiles:Titanic was the first feature film to maintain its position as the highest-grossing film at the box office for fifteen consecutive weeks.


The production of Titanic, which was partly fictional and partly based on the sinking British passenger ship of the same name, was a nightmare.Titanic was a difficult production because of everything from the casting to the actual budget (which ended up being a massive $210 million), the right visuals, and finally settling on a release date.So much so that people speculated that it would not do well at the box office and Cameron would have to give up his career.However, history demonstrates that the complete opposite took place.In a matter of weeks, Titanic was declared a huge success and remained the highest-grossing film worldwide for a staggering 12 years until James Cameron's own Avatar, with its incredible collection, broke that spell in 2009.


Cameron has always been one of those directors who has had to fight hard to get things to work out the way he wants them to.Naturally, the fact that his vision is so grandiose and ambitious adds insult to injury.The sinking of the stern was a scene that seemed to seal the deal for all parties involved, despite disagreements regarding how the "unfilmable" Titanic would be shot.Characters in the movie rush out in search of an escape as word of the ship's sinking spreads, but there is none.As it quickly becomes apparent that the ship's stern is now going to go vertical and they will drown, everyone runs to the top and hangs on to the railings for dear life.In the strictest sense of the word, the sight of that enormous vessel swaying to one side at 90 degrees was awe-inspiring.As a viewer, you truly have the opportunity to observe that stunningly terrifying moment.


Vanity Fair reported that James Cameron stated, "I was so pummeled getting the movie done that, by that time, I didn't fight too hard for anything," in reference to the statement.The long shot of Rose (Kate Winslet) and Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) clinging to each other as the vertical stern of the ship plunges down shrieking and groaning, with bodies falling hundreds of feet down toward churning water, was a slam dunk, I recall, and that was something that we were all in agreement on.I believe that shot alone attracted a crowd to our first weekend."


With the disaster romantic drama, Cameron made box office history and clearly received more than his fair share.

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