April 10, 1912. Technology had been delivering a steady stream
of miracles for the better part of two decades and people were
beginning to take this never-ending spiral of progress for granted.
What better demonstration of humanity's mastery over nature than
the launch of Titanic, the largest and most luxurious moving
object ever built by the hand of man? But four-and-a-half days
later, the world had changed. The maiden voyage of the "ship
of dreams" ended in a nightmare beyond comprehension and
mankind's faith in its own indomitable power was forever destroyed
by uniquely human shortcomings: arrogance, complacency and greed.
My goal in making this film was to show not only the dramatic
death of this infamous ship, but her brief and glorious life as
well. To capture the beauty, exuberance, optimism and hope of
Titanic, her passengers and crew and, in the process of
baring the dark side of humanity underlying this tragedy, celebrate
the limitless potential of the human spirit. For Titanic
is not just a cautionary tale - a myth, a parable, a metaphor
for the ills of mankind. It is also a story of faith, courage,
sacrifice and, above all else, love.
Writer/director James Cameron, 1997
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