Titanic is an American disaster film directed by Jean Negulesco, released in 1953. It tells the stories of different fictional characters during the sinking of the liner Titanic which occurred on April 15, 1912. This Hollywood blockbuster enjoys daring special effects for the time, and won the Oscar for best original screenplay. It is however not very faithful to reality, especially in comparison to Atlantic, latitude 41 °, another film devoted to the subject, which is released five years later.
Personal comments : Louis de Funès is not marked in the credits, he does not appears of the film but, he doubles the voice of Uzcadum :
He plays :
- to 8 minutes and 44 seconds ; he says : ''Nous sommes basques... Si peut-être un petit peu ... Uzcadum''
♦ Synopsis :
To save her children Annette and Norman from the influence of her husband from whom she is separated, Julia Sturges decides to take them on board the liner Titanic. Her husband Richard manages to board at the last moment to recover her children. They meet other passengers like Maud Young, a young woman strongly inspired by Margaret Brown, Gifford Rogers, a young tennis player who quickly falls in love with the young Annette and George S. Headley, a priest suspended for alcoholism.
Julia finally agrees to let her daughter choose who she will stay with, given her age, but refuses to let her son leave her. She teaches Richard that Norman is not her son. The liner finally hits an iceberg, and the family reconciles near the lifeboats. Julia and the children embark, but Norman leaves the canoe to make way for a woman.
Norman and Richard therefore perish in the sinking when the boilers explode and the ship sinks. Gifford Rogers also fails to drown but is saved by Julia and Annette, while George Headley sacrifices himself to go and give the last sacraments to the crew members who worked in the depths of the ship without trying to save their lives.
♦ Specification sheet :
- Original title : Titanic
- Realization : Jean Negulesco
- Scenario : Charles Brackett, Richard Breen and Walter Reisch
- Artistic direction : Lyle Wheeler and Maurice Ransford
- Suits : Dorothy Jeakins and Charles Le Maire
- Photography : Joseph MacDonald
- Music : Sol Kaplan
- Editing : Louis Loeffler
- Production : Charles Brackett
- Production and distribution companies : Twentieth Century Fox
- Country of'origin : United State
- Original Languages : english, basque, spanish, french
- Format : black and white
- Genre : disaster
- Duration : 98 minutes
- Date exit :
- United State : 11 april 1953 (world premiere in Norfolk Virginia)
- French : 18 march 195
♦ Distribution :
- Barbara Stanwyck (VF : Lita Recio) : Julia Sturges
- Clifton Webb (VF : Gérard Férat) : Richard Ward Sturges
- Robert Wagner (VF : Hubert Noël) : Gifford « Giff » Rogers
- Thelma Ritter (VF : Germaine Michel) : Maude Young
- Audrey Dalton (VF : Arlette Thomas) : Annette Sturges
- Brian Aherne (VF : Jacques Erwin) : Le capitaine Edward John Smith
- Richard Basehart (VF : Lucien Bryonne) : George S. Healey
- William Johnstone : John Jacob Astor
- Frances Bergen : Madeleine Astor
- Barry Bernard : First officer Murdoch
- Charles B. Fitzsimons : Henry Wilde
- Nicolas Coster (not credited) : a sailor
♦ Production :
The production of the film, originally titled Nearer to You, My God (Nearer My God To Thee) began in November 1952. An eight-meter model was used to create the scenes of the shipwreck. The scenario, however, is very far from reality: the ship did not sink into a crash of boiler explosions. In addition, the main characters are fictitious. This did not prevent historian Walter Lord from declaring about the character of Clifton Webb that if he had not been on board, he could very well have been there.
♦ Distinction :
The film won the Oscar for best original screenplay for Charles Brackett, Richard Breen and Walter Reisch. The film receives 88% favorable reviews on the Rotten Tomatoes site.