Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage.
Cameron's inspiration for the film came from his fascination with shipwrecks; he felt a love story interspersed with the human loss would be essential to convey the emotional message of the disaster. Production began in 1995, when Cameron shot footage of the actual Titanic wreck. The modern scenes on the research vessel were shot on board the Akademik Mstislav Keldysh, which Cameron had used as a base when filming the wreck. Scale models, computer-generated imagery, and a reconstruction of the Titanic built at Playas de Rosarito in Baja California were used to re-create the sinking. The film was partially funded by Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox; at the time, it was the most expensive film ever made, with an estimated budget of $200 million.
Upon its release on December 19, 1997, Titanic achieved critical and commercial success. Nominated for fourteen Academy Awards, it tied All About Eve (1950) for the most Oscar nominations, and won eleven, including the awards for Best Picture and Best Director, tying Ben Hur (1959) for the most Oscars won by a single film. With an initial worldwide gross of over $1.84 billion, Titanic was the first film to reach the billion-dollar mark. It remained the highest-grossing film of all time until Cameron's 2009 film Avatar surpassed it in 2010. A 3D version of Titanic, released on April 4, 2012 to commemorate the centennial of the sinking, earned it an additional $343.6 million worldwide, pushing the film's worldwide total to $2.18 billion. It became the second film to gross more than $2 billion worldwide (after Avatar).
Appearences in EDP projects Edit
- AniMat's Classic Reviews - The Legend of the Titanic in the intro of the review, when he talks about the two terrible animated films about the Titanic, the film is mentioned when he says the two were released "a few years after the James Cameron movie". at it's mention the poster appears on screen briefly. Also, throughout the review, he heavily criticizes The Legend of the Titanic for copying many elements from James Cameron's blockbuster "note-for-note".
- Animation Lookback: Don Bluth
- Animation Lookback: Studio Ghibli - in part 3, when he talks about Princess Mononoke, he mentions that the film became the highest grossing film in Japan until Titanic surpassed it a few months later, he then later mentions that Spirited Away would then surpass Titanic to become the highest grossing film in Japan.