This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the "unsinkable" luxury liner, RMS Titanic. I have been utterly fascinated by this tragedy since I was a little girl and saw the movie, "Titanic", which starred Barbara Stanwyck and Clifton Webb and which just happened to be made the year I was born.
Here is the trailer for that wonderful movie...
Years later I saw another heart-wrenching version of the sinking called "A Night To Remember". This version was made in 1958.
A Night To Remember (1958)
This scene, especially, is so unbearably sad...
Nearer My God To Thee
To think of those brave souls who met death singing a hymn...All of the movie versions include this scene.
Here is the 1953 version
Since then, there have been countless doumentaries and other movies made based on that night. There are many museums and exhibits, diving expeditions to salvage anthing that can be found from the wreckage. Seems we just can't get enough of everything about that night. Even a Broadway musical which was made into a WONDERFUL movie based on the life of a Titanic survivor..."The UNSINKABLE Molly Brown" in which Debbie Reynolds shone!
The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)
Here is the clip which shows that part in the movie:
part of the Titanic scene from The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Then, in 1997, James Cameron brought us a film which is so good, I couldn't walk when I left the theater. Lauren (who loved it too) and I saw it together and I will never forget the experience....It is being re-released this weekend, this time in 3-D. I really don't think I could stand it...
I have to include the "Nearer My God To Thee" scene from this movie also...
There are many remembrance / observance gatherings scheduled all over the world this weekend to commerate the date.
I have to conclude this post with Celine's timeless classic from the movie...
(I hated to hear that Kate Winslett said she was sick of this song...kinda tarnished it all)