You know you cried in 1997!
“Titanic” won 11 Oscars including three for James Cameron who directed, edited and produced the film. James Horner took home two for his magnificent score and writing the theme “My Heart Will Go On.” The drama deservedly took art direction, costumes, cinematography, visual effects and both sound awards. I remember watching the telecast clandestinely after my bedtime using my mini-TV with 3 foot antennae.
I was really cool in 1998.
If you’re like me, you can’t wait to experience “Titanic” remastered in 3D in all it’s epic glory. If you are not like me, move along. “Titanic” was the first movie I remember being ready to defend to the death. I recall some particularly murderous thoughts toward family members who insulted the film. Anyway, as you prepare to go back to the “Titanic” with Jack and Rose, here are some fun things to look back on.
Bill Paxton is in this movie
I always forget the exposition and cool diving sequence in the beginning starring Bill Paxton as Brock Lovett. Is he a explorer or grave robber? What are his true motives? Does it really matter? His little mini story should be a lesson to all the haters: you have to let Titanic in your heart.
James Cameron met his current (fifth) wife on the “Titanic”
Yup, Rose’s kindly niece Lizzy, played by Suzy Amis, stole Cameron’s heart. He divorced his “Terminator” leading lady Linda Hamilton and married Amis in 2000.
Strap yourself in for the whole 3 hours
When I watch “Titanic” at home, I usually take a breather at the well chosen DVD break when Captain Smith says, “I believe you will have your headlines Mr. Ismay.” Not so for another round at the theater for the whole 3 hours and 15 minutes. Of course with trailers and commercials, we’re looking at an almost 4 hour engagement. I’m bringing snacks.
Kate and Leo
Super stardom has never met two more deserving people. Kate Winslet (one T away from EGOT) and Leonardo DiCaprio are the greatest actors of our time. Because of “Titanic,” these two extraordinarily talented people could bet on risky projects because they had already starred in the biggest movie of all time. Movies like “The Aviator” and “Gangs of New York” may not have happened without DiCaprio’s star power. Besides launching two brilliant careers, the film gave us the quintessential film pairing of our time. “We need Kate, we need Leo, and we need them now” is a manifesto for fans. When they reunited for “Revolutionary Road” I was torn on who to focus on in each scene. Normally opposite other actors, Winslet and DiCaprio get my full attention, but together I had to see the film twice to bask in each performance. I would watch Kate and Leo read each other the phone book because I love them both so much.
All the way back in 1997, I remember waiting anxiously for the Celine Dion song accompanying Titanic. Her song “Because You Loved Me” for the film “Up Close and Personal” was a favorite. My father and I got the single and sang it all the time in the car. We even had choreographed hand gestures to accompany the song. So, we had huge expectations for “My Heart Will Go On.”
I remember when we first heard the song, we both looked at each other with confused disappointment. “My Heart Will Go On” was nowhere near the lyrical genius of “Because You Loved Me” (“You were my eyes when I couldn’t see, you saw the best there was in me” Fuck yeah Celine!) The song eclipses the relationship between Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert Redford to paint the greatest love of all between one insecure person and clearly awesome person. “My Heart Will Go On” starts from a place of resignation (“Love was when I loved you, one true time I hold to”) and stretches the pain and longing (“Near, Far, Wherever you are I believe that the heart does go on”) as Celine raises heaven and earth with her voice. It wasn’t until I heard the song a zillion times and watched the video I embraced the tune.