On April 14, 1912, just before midnight, the unsinkable Titanic struck an iceberg. In less than three hours, it had plunged to the bottom of the sea, taking with it 1,500 of its 2,200 passengers. A Night to Remember depicts the ship's final hours in an unforgettable rendering of Walter Lord's book of the same name. Now, aficionados of this terrific film can compare it to the facts with Criterion's special edition, which features screen-specific commentary by Titanic experts Don Lynch and Ken Marschall.
Two years after Twentieth Century Fox released its melodramatic disaster film Titanic in 1953, Walter Lord's meticulously researched book A Night to Remember surprised its publishers by becoming a phenomenal bestseller. Lord had an intuition that readers craved the reality of the Titanic disaster, and not the romantically mythologized translations that relied on fictional characters to enhance the world's worst maritime disaster. Lord's book proved that truth is far more compelling than fiction. Three years after it appeared, the book was brought to the screen with the kind of riveting authenticity he had insisted upon in his own research. The 1958 British production of A Night to Remember remains a definitive dramatization of the disaster, adhering to the known facts of the time and achieving a documentary-like immediacy that matches (and in some ways surpasses) the James Cameron epic released 39 years later. The film erroneously perpetuates the once-common belief that Titanic sunk in one piece (instead of breaking in half as its bow began to plunge), but many other misconceptions are accurately corrected, and the intelligent screenplay by thrill-master Eric Ambler is a model of factual suspense. By making Titanic the star of the film, director Roy Baker emphasizes the excessive confidence of the booming industrial age and creates an intense realism that pays tribute to Walter Lord's tenacious quest for truth. --Jeff Shannon
Really well done movie. One can more readily understand what those passengers must have gone through. You felt as if you were there, and were ever so glad that you weren't!!Published 1 month ago by G. Dohn
The real story, without the pap of two-dimensional people and phony story-lines. The tragedy as it happened.Published 15 months ago by Robert C. Mercier
I bought this movie as part of my brother's 60th birthday gift a couple of years ago. He first saw this movie as a young boy with our dad. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dorothy Morgan Matula
Great movie ! Picture is clear and sound is great for this old movie.
I remove two stars, cause it lack of french audio track. Read more
The DVD was in the wrong region format. I used a conversion program to make it play on my player in my region. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2013 by derlieberudi
Definitely a classic film. Better than all other films about Titanic disaster. Film was realistic in characters and events. OKPublished on Sept. 3 2013 by Robert Matthews