SETTING THE SCENE
Whether you’re brushing up on the Titanic for your upcoming zoom quiz. Or just like reading about local history, this tale is one to be told.
The Titanic was an Olympic class ocean liner, known for her size and the unfortunate way in which she sank. Built in Belfast, the ship and her story have gone on to be the most famous of its kind. Depicted countless times; in books, songs, exhibits and most notably the Titanic film released in 1997.
THE TITANIC TALE
Before the days of DVDs and Netflix we now know, the Titanic movie is so long at 195 minutes it was divided into two VHS tapes. Much like other classics such as The Godfather and Gone with the Wind. Do you have what it takes to sit through all 195 minutes?
Tape one depicts the story between Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
As luck would have it, Jack wins tickets to board the Titanic in a poker game. During his time he notices Rose overlooking the ship’s stern, as she loses her footing he saves her from falling. To reward his saving of Rose Cal, who Rose is engaged to offers for Jack to dine with them in first class. The connection between the two grows despite Cal’s attempts to stop it.
Then tape two shows the aftermath of its collision with the infamous iceberg. Detailing the struggle of its passengers trying to leave the “ship of dreams”. With heart-breaking scenes depicting the real-life struggles of passengers and crew, who fear the worst as the ships hull begin to fill with water due to the 100m cut caused. Which subsequently, carried over 1,500 people to their death in 1912, in the cold waters of the North Atlantic.
The second tape has caused much debate in pop culture. Debates occur over whether two people could fit on the door used by Rose to stay out of the water, which ultimately saved her life. Allowing her to grow old under a new name, Rose Dawson.
The movie’s popularity climbed and the VHS tape of the Titanic was converted into DVD for sale in 1999. The films admiration continued and became the first-ever DVD to sell one million copies. Allowing for the story to live on with a new generation of watchers.
So there you have it, the Titanic story. A blend of fact and fiction giving an insight into what it might have been like on the ship for passengers and crew throughout its short time on the water.
Want to know more about the Titanic? Check out Titanic Belfast Here to find out more and don’t forget to book tickets for when it reopens!
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