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Ship of Dreams

"It's been 85 years...and I can still smell the fresh paint.
The china had never been used. The sheets had never been slept in.
Titanic was called the Ship of Dreams.
And it was. It really was..."

In every age, a seminal and dramatic moment will arrive that is a catalyst for great change, sending a powerful ripple of emotion throughout the world. At the start of the 20th century, the allure of a wondrous seaworthy creation called Titanic brought together a wide spectrum of humanity, all of whom had their own reasons to be a part of her historic maiden voyage. From captains of industry to hopeful emigrants looking to make their fortunes in a new world, Titanic was a towering symbol of man's progress toward a modern age.

Declared "unsinkable," her precious cargo of more than 2,200 men, women and children began their journey from Southampton, England to New York City with a sense of anticipation, awe and optimism. Yet this "ship of dreams" ultimately carried over 1,500 people to their death in the ice-cold waters of the North Atlantic in the early hours of April 15, 1912.

In the years following, a powerful mythology would grow around Titanic. Tales of bravery and cowardice would be spun through countless historic accounts, poems, music, films and novels. Varying theories on the accident itself were debated and continue to divide many scholars. After decades of searching, the wreck of Titanic was found by an expedition team led by Dr. Robert Ballard in 1985 lying in two massive pieces 12,378 feet under the ocean surface. The discovery answered many questions about the great ship's demise, at the same time feeding the controversy and fascination that has for decades surrounded this tragic event.

Drawing inspiration from this hulking specter below the sea, James Cameron envisioned a love story intertwined with the fascinating details about the ship and her maiden -- and only -- voyage to further humanize its legendary symbolism. Utilizing advanced filmmaking technology, audiences will also set sail on Titanic. However, despite its state-of-the-art pedigree, the film is - and remains - a powerfully human tale. It is here that the heart of "Titanic" beats.

"The tragedy of Titanic has assumed an almost mythic quality in our collective imagination," Cameron says. "But the passage of time has robbed it of its human face and vitality. I hope that Rose and Jack's relationship will be a kind of emotional lightning rod, if you will, allowing viewers to invest their minds and their hearts to make history come alive again."

Traveling on a ship physically designed to prevent them from ever meeting, third-class passenger Jack Dawson and first-class passenger, Rose DeWitt Bukater, have taken the ultimate risk -- to defy the oppressive social conventions of their time and fall in love.

"Their connection on an emotional level is what transforms Rose from this sort of Edwardian first-class geisha who is dying on the inside into this spirited young woman on the cusp of a new life," Cameron says about the young lovers. "Jack possesses this natural energy and purity of spirit which makes that transformation possible."

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