A lot of thought went into making the 1997 Oscar-winning movie.
One of the highest-grossing films in history, James Cameron's 1997 film Titanic had 14 Oscar nominations and ended up winning 11 awards. The Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer won many hearts and continue to do so. Filmmaker James Cameron used a historical approach to make the film as realistic as possible, even basing Winslet's Rose on a real passenger named Beatrice Wood, according to Screen Rant.
But Cameron has faced some criticism for his film regarding Jack's death. Why doesn’t Rose make room for Jack on the door to save him from the freezing water? Cameron told Vanity Fair, "Obviously it was an artistic choice, the thing was just big enough to hold her, and not big enough to hold him . . . I think it’s all kind of silly, really, that we’re having this discussion 20 years later. But it does show that the film was effective in making Jack so endearing to the audience that it hurts them to see him die. Had he lived, the ending of the film would have been meaningless. . . . The film is about death and separation; he had to die. So whether it was that, or whether a smoke stack fell on him, he was going down. It’s called art, things happen for artistic reasons, not for physics reasons."
Nevertheless, the film's crew worked a lot to keep the set as close to the original story as possible. According to Buzzfeed, a lot of details went into the making of the film and Cameron put a lot of thought into every scene. Let's take a look at some of them.
The fourth smokestack on the Titanic was not functional. It was there for decoration because the ship was so long. pic.twitter.com/AlI8EEmmdU— World Class Facts (@WorldClassFacts) March 11, 2016
In Titanic (1997), the actors ate real Beluga caviar while filming the first class dining scene. pic.twitter.com/CrL6xmDKer— Movie Details (@moviedetail) July 5, 2020
In Titanic (1997), the nude sketch of Rose was created by director James Cameron. He is a skilled artist and even did some concept art for a few of his movies (The Terminator and Aliens). pic.twitter.com/hF7KLe142a— Movie Details (@moviedetail) July 5, 2020
To refresh on the controversial scene of the movie: DiCaprio’s character, Jack, rests his arms on top of a floating door as his love, Rose (Kate Winslet), lays on top of it. Jack dies from hypothermia because majority of his body remained in the freezing ocean. #373F20 @cfuchstv pic.twitter.com/BtSM55YUjy— Ali (@AliOrRo) October 5, 2020
When Rose meets Jack at the Grand Staircase the clock reads 2:20 a.m. which is the exact time the Titanic sank.-A.M. pic.twitter.com/FRDT92cqgz— CHS Movie History (@movie_chs) January 12, 2016
In Titanic (1997) James Cameron recreated a famous photo taken on board the actual ship in 1912 of a boy playing with a spinning top while several men watch. pic.twitter.com/qHMOiftgUH— TheCriticalReviews (@CritiReview) May 7, 2018
In 'Titanic' the old couple in bed accepting their fate is Isador & Ida Straus, the co-owners of Macy’s. Isador refused a lifeboat spot b/c there were still women and children on board. Ida joined him and said 'where you go, I go'— Film Facts 🎬 (@factsonfiIm) April 28, 2020
They were last seen walking arm and arm together pic.twitter.com/C0vNlfiuGM