Cameron's Titanic: A
have been compared to Somewhere In Time, but James
Cameron's Titanic is the first one to have so many
interesting parallels. Intrigued with the Titanic story
and having seen several versions, including the recent
Broadway production, I looked forward to seeing Cameron's
adaptation. So it was with great anticipation that I set off
with my husband one rainy afternoon to see the movie. Little
did I realize, like those who journeyed on that fateful
voyage, the experience it was going to be.
This is the first
film since SIT that touched me so deeply. As the theater
lights filtered back on and the credits rolled down the
screen, I sat with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes,
absolutely enthralled. I commented to my husband about the
beauty of the film and its SIT ending. For days afterwards, I
could not get the story out of my mind. It slowly began to
dawn on me that there were many similarities between SIT and Titanic.
Maybe this was one of the reasons it had such a profound
effect on me.
similarity is the year 1912 and the gorgeous costumes, but
that is only the tip of the iceberg. The author of SIT,
Richard Matheson, is a writer of science fiction; the author
of the movie Titanic, James Cameron, is a director of
science fiction/action films. Both stories begin with an old
woman, and a picture captured, as a young woman gazed at the
man she would always love. There is also a piece of jewelry
that is returned full circle and a tragic twist of fate that
separates the lovers forever.
In SIT old Elise
returns the watch and is finally at peace with her quest. She
then sits, reflects on the past spent with Richard and quietly
dies. In Titanic old Rose returns the piece of jewelry,
gazes at the photos of her life and reminisces about the
things she did because of what she learned about living and
love from Jack. She then retires to bed and she is seen lying
very still - is she be sleeping or something else?
Let us look further
at the leading characters . . .
Elise is an actress;
Rose will become one.
Strangely, the two
actresses, Jane Seymour and Kate Winslet, who play the roles,
are both English portraying American characters.
Richard/Jack are both
artistic - one is a playwright the other an artist.
But, it is the ending of
the SIT/Titanic that is the most familiar. The joining
of the lover's hands is haunting in its similarity. Surely,
James Cameron must have seen SIT. If not, where did he get his
inspiration for this wondrous love story?
meet Richard by the water; Rose meet Jack on a body of
discover love for the first time, lose it, and because of it
find the rest of their life changed dramatically.
pose for a photo/picture as they look into the eyes of the
man they love.
Elise remain behind
at the Grand Hotel to find Richard; Rose remain behind on
the Titanic to find Jack.
Elise lose Richard
because he accidentally finds a penny;
Rose loses Jack
because of a tragic accident.
disappear from view in a fade-away scene.
overcome what some would find to be insurmountable odds to
be with the one they love.
Richard bound with
ropes and hidden in a barn; Jack bound with handcuffs and
hidden below decks.
die at a young age.
Titanic - a
huge box office success; SIT small box office success. Titanic
- huge budget; SIT - small budget. Yet each movie affected me
equally to the depths of my romantic soul. I'm sure there are
many other similarities between SIT and Titanic but for
me, the one that stands out most among all the others, is the
exquisite story of first love. Both films masterfully unfold
the lovely discovery of first love with all its sweetness, joy
and poignancy. They show that love is more important than
money, fame or all the riches in the world; love can
profoundly change a person's life. Both these films touch
people of all ages throughout the world because of their
common threads. So, I say to you when you raise your glass at
the SIT weekend in October to celebrate Richard and Elise,
remember Rose and Jack because they are intertwined Somewhere