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Two years after 20th 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 (like Fox's film, starring Barbara Stanwyck), which relied on fictional characters to "enhance" the world's worst maritime disaster. Lord's book proved that the truth was far more compelling than fiction, outlining the many "if onlys" (if only the iceberg had been spotted a few minutes earlier, etc.) that lent somber irony to the loss of 1,500 Titanic passengers. Three years after Lord's book appeared, it was brought to the screen with the kind of riveting authenticity that Lord 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 the 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 thriller 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 you-are-there realism that pays tribute to Walter Lord's tenacious quest for truth. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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