10 Interesting 'Titanic' Facts That'll Change The Way You Watch The Movie

10 Interesting 'Titanic' Facts That'll Change The Way You Watch The Movie

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.

1. Everything on the duplicate Titanic set was built backward


2. The fourth smokestack on the ship's furnace doesn't emit as much smoke as the rest


3. Beluga Caviar was served to the actors during Rose's party


4. Rose's nude sketch was actually drawn by director James Cameron


5. Jack's sketchbook also has a drawing he did of a one-legged prostitute 


6. Kate Winslet ended up getting hypothermia in the scene where Rose is floating on that controversial door


7. Jack and Rose meet at 2:20 in real life, while the Titanic also sank at 2:20 a.m.


8. Cameron made sure the scene between spotting the iceberg and its impact lasted precisely 37 seconds, just like how it did in 1912

9. He also re-created a photo of a boy spinning a top on the deck of the Titanic at the beginning of the film


10. The heartbreaking scene of an elderly couple in bed together as their room floods are also based on real people Isidor and Ida Straus, co-owners of Macy's Department Store, who died in the wreck


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