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Titanic is an American romantic drama film about a love affair between Rose, a young British woman engaged to a rich businessman, and Jack, a poor young artist in pursuit of the American Dream, aboard the doomed RMS Titanic which sank on April 15th, 1912.
Titanic was released on December 19th, 1997. The film starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson, the poor young man who falls in love with wealthy Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet). Billy Zane played Cal Hockley, Rose’s fiance, while Kathy Bates played real life Titanic passenger Molly Brown and Victor Garber played Thomas Andrews, who designed the ship. On April 4th, 2012, a 3-D version of the film was released.
More than eighty years after the Titanic sunk, an excavation team is looking through the wreckage, in particular searching for a massive diamond rumored to be on board called the Heart of the Ocean. The team, lead by Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton) finds a sketch of a young woman wearing the necklace among the wreckage, and shows it on the news asking for anyone with possible information. An elderly Rose (Gloria Stuart) sees the drawing and explains it’s of her, and Lovett flies her to their search site so she can tell her story. She explains she boarded the Titanic as a seventeen-year-old (Winslet) with her overbearing mother (Frances Fisher) and wealthy but cruel fiance Cal Hockly (Zane). The Heart of the Ocean diamond was a gift from him he presents to her aboard the ship. She was forced into the engagement because her family had lost almost all of their money. Feeling desperate about her situation one night she decides to kill herself by jumping off the ship, but Jack Dawson (DiCaprio) saves her. Over the next few days the two continue to meet, and eventually fall in love. When the ship first crashes into the iceberg and they begin to load first class women and children into the lifeboats, Rose refuses and stays with Jack. The two manage to survive the sinking and find a piece of wood to float on, Jack allows Rose to stay on it while he stays in the water. By the time the rescue boats reach them, Jack has frozen to death, but Rose decides to live a full life in his honor, taking the last name Dawson when she’s asked by a man on the rescue ship for her name. As the film returns to present day, Rose gives no further clues as to where the diamond might be, but that night she drops it into the ocean, and when she dreams she’s seventeen again and reunited with Jack.
Upon its release, Titanic was a critical and commercial success, becoming the highest grossing film, a position it held until it was edged out by another James Cameron film, Avatar, in 2010. During its theatrical run the film grossed more than 2.1 billion dollars. The film also gained positive reviews, earning a rating of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 74 on Metacritic.
Titanic won 11 Academy Awards in 1998 including Best Picture, Best Director (James Cameron), and Best Music, Original Song (“My Heart Will Go On”). It also won four Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Original Song – Motion Picture ("My Heart Will Go On), Best Director – Motion Picture (James Cameron), and Best Original Score – Motion Picture (James Horner).
As of April 2014, Titanic’s official Twitter account has over 130,000 followers and its Facebook page has gained over 50 million likes. Netflix subscribers can also access the film as of April 2014.
In addition to the film’s branded online presence, there are many fan run sites including Makeitcount and the Titanic Fan Club Facebook page. There are also several Tumblr blogs dedicated to the film including jackrosedawson, alwaystitanic, and titanic-confessions. As of April 2014, DeviantArt has over 215,000 submissions tagged Titanic, and Fanfiction.net has over 2,200 Titanic submissions.
3D Re-Release Reaction
After the 3D re-release in April 2012, some younger viewers who saw it for the first time discovered that it is based on a historical event. On April 9th, 2012, Buzzfeed collected some of these viewers’ tweets to illustrate their ignorance and surprise.
“Draw me like one of your French girls.”
‘Draw Me Like One of Your French Girls’ is an expression from Titanic which is often used to caption photos of people or animals laying down in an alluring pose. In a scene in the film after seeing nude drawings Jack Dawson (DiCaprio) had done, Rose (Winslet) tells him, “Jack, I want you to draw me like one of your French girls” (shown below).
“I’m King of the World”
“I’m King of the World” is an expression from the film that Jack says as he stands at the front of the boat with his arms stretched out as if he was flying (shown below).
Often quoted and parodied, one of the most famous references in popular culture can be found in the Lonely Island music video for “I’m on a Boat” (“I’m the king of the world, on a boat like Leo”), which was uploaded to the group’s official YouTube channel on June 16th, 2009. In addition, the phrase has been also used to caption photographs of people or animals with their arms outstretched.
“Gentlemen, It Has Been a Privilege Playing with You Tonight”
“Gentlemen, It Has Been a Privilege Playing With You Tonight” is a memorable quote said by a violinist to his fellow Titanic musicians who decided to keep playing as the ship went down (shown below).
In image macros and reaction images, “playing with you tonight” is swapped out for another action, for example “redditing with you tonight.”
The release of the 3-D version of the film revived a debate online as to whether both Jack and Rose could have fit on the piece of wood Rose stayed on while Jack froze to death in the water. On April 18th, 2012, The Huffington Post published a post titled "Proof That Jack And Rose Could Have Fitted On That ‘Titanic’ Plank Of Wood Pretty Easily " which featured a picture of two people sitting and laying on the outline of the piece of wood from the film in various positions.
On September 12th, IGN uploaded a video to their YouTube channel which featured an interview with Titanic director James Cameron in which he explains why Jack and Rose could not have both been on the board, explaining:
“It’s not a question of room; it’s a question of buoyancy. Jack puts Rose on the raft, then he gets on the raft -- He’s not an idiot; he doesn’t want to die -- and then the raft sinks. So it’s clear that there’s really only enough buoyancy available for one person. So, he makes a decision to let her be that person.”
On an episode of the science showMyth Busters which aired on October 7th, 2012, two cast members attempt to float on the board at the same time, and are able to once they use “Rose’s” life jacket to add buoyancy, proving Jack and Rose could have both used the board and survive.
On February 19th, 2007, YouTuber gtotheordon uploaded a video titled “titanic in 5 seconds,” (below, left) which features a man insisting the ship could not sink immediately followed by footage of it sinking. As of April 2014, the video has gained over 10.7 million views. On April 5th, 2012, Screen Junkies uploaded an Honest Trailer for the film (below, right). As of April 2014, the video has gained over 8.9 millions views.
On June 28, 2012, How It Should Have Ended  uploaded an animated alternative ending for the film (below, left). As of April 2014, the video has gained over 8.6 million views. On November 7th, 2013, Cinema Sins uploaded a video titled “Everything Wrong With Titanic In 9 Minutes Or So” (below, right). As of April 2014, the video has gained over 3.4 million views.
The Huffington Post – "Proof That Jack And Rose Could Have Fitted On That ‘Titanic’ Plank Of Wood Pretty Easily ":http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/04/18/jack-and-rose-titanic-plank-of-wood_n_1434092.html
fn 20. Make it Count – TitanicFanClubOfficial
fn 21. Buzzfeed – 15 People Who Didn’t Know The Titanic Actually Sank
fn 22. YouTube – TheLonelyIslandVEVO