100 Years Ago….

13 Apr

Yes, it's true. The Titanic and most of its passengers met their icy cold demise 100 years ago this week (the night of April 14th into the morning of April 15th, to be exact). Director James Cameron's 1997 imagining was not the first time the story had been told for the big screen, but Cameron's version was certainly the biggest and quite possibly the best, a powerful, skillfully executed film that became a worldwide moviegoing event, a box office blockbuster of epic proportions and an Academy Award victor like almost no other: 11 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, from a total of 14 nominations. At the time, its 11 wins were equal only to Ben-Hur (1959), and its 14 nods put it on par with All About Eve (1950); since then, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) has amassed an incredible 11 awards out of a total of 11 nominations.
In recognition of the 100 year mark, Cameron has released a special 3-D version of the film because, somehow, we now know that a horrible real-life tragedy only has value if it can be seen through jacked-up overpriced 3-D glasses, and because a combined box office gross of over one billion dollars (closer to two billion, actually), 600 million of which was generated in the United States, is somehow not enough anymore, not enough to compensate for all those lives lost at sea in the cold wet dark...

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