I’m not a cinema goer. I prefer to watch films on TV or video. But I think, that watching a good film is the best relaxation. It is thought-provoking and entertaining. Now a growing number of people prefer watching films on TV to attending cinemas. There are wonderful comedies, love stories, science fiction, horror films, detective stories, historical films on. There’s a variety of films available today.
But the shooting of «Titanic» in 1997 brought people flocking back to the cinemas. It has become a blockbuster and brought big profits to the producers. The reasons are: on the one hand, the thrilling plot of the film, depicting the first of the greatest disasters of the 20th century, and, on the other hand, new technologies of film making, used by James Cameron, the producer. Everybody wanted to see if the film was really worth eleven «Oscar» awards.
«Titanic» is the latest screen version of the tragedy happened on April 14-15, 1912 during the maiden voyage of the British luxury passenger liner. The vessel sank with a loss of about 1.500 lives: men, women and children. Their voyage on board the dream ship ended in a nightmare. It revealed all human vices: arrogance, self- satisfaction, greed, selfishness and self-confidence. But at the same time this tragedy showed the best traits of human character: the sense of duty and responsibility, self-sacrifice and short but immortal love. The love-story about Jack and Rose, a young poor artist and a 17-year old girl from the upper society, arouses our sympathy and admiration. Paired with the main story-line, it adds much to the impression of the film. «Titanic» made the leading actors Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet international celebrities. The music of James Horner created a special atmosphere in the film and has become popular with the public.
The film is interesting not only from the artistic point of view, but from the technical one as well. Both the ship and the ocean are virtual, created by computers. Besides, we can see unique pictures of «The Titanic» buried in the depth of the ocean. Its wreck was found lying in two pieces on the ocean floor at a depth of about 4.000 metres. The pictures were taken with the help of the Russian ocean- explorers and shown to the whole world.
By the way, the film was directed by James Cameron, famous for creating very expensive films with new special effects, which were the biggest box-office success. «Titanic», is not an exception. Critics say the film has opened a new era in film production. I think, they are right.