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Robert Wagner as Gifford Rogers
Barbara Stanwyck as Julia Sturges
Thelma Ritter as Maude Young
Richard Basehart as George Healey
757.13 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 38 min
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Reviewed by drednm 10 / 10

Webb and Stanwyck Excel

This film has been overshadowed by the 1997 blockbuster, but this 1953 story of the tragic ocean liner certainly stands tall on its own merits, not the least of which are the star performances by Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyck.

Built around the domestic drama of a fictional family, the well-known story of the sinking of the Titanic unfolds in an unrelenting and straightforward fashion. Brian Aherne (as the captain) is the victim of delayed and incorrect information and sails the ship right into the iceberg. We get glimpses of the rich and famous who populated the doomed ship as well as the luscious interiors of the ship.

The special effects are tremendous without taking over the film. The final scenes of the sinking ship are awesome. But the story of innocent passengers takes center stage here. Stanwyck and Webb are a squabbling couple with two children. The girl (Audrey Dalton) is a snob who is charmed by a college boy (Robert Wagner). Thelma Ritter plays a Molly Brown- like character addicted to loud jewelry and cards. Richard Basehart plays a defrocked priest. Allyn Joslyn plays the infamous coward who dresses like a woman to gain a seat on a lifeboat. Oh, and that's Mae Marsh the kid gives his seat to.

The final scenes of Webb and son are superb. An excellent film.

Reviewed by Ralph Michael Stein 8 / 10

A Fine Drama With an Outstanding Bonus Documentary

Winner of three Academy Awards, the 1953 "Titanic" (dates are important because of the plethora of identically titled films about the great disaster), was recently re-released by 20th Century Fox as part of their important DVD Studio Classics series.

Fascination with the fate of the huge and opulent liner is as strong as ever, especially since improved technology has led to more breathtaking visits to the ship's resting spot on the floor of the Atlantic where state-of-the-art robots with cameras explore the crumbling interiors of the still eerily majestic but rapidly decaying wreck.

The first film dramatizing the fate of the White Star Line's greatest ship came out very soon after the 1912 sinking. Since then there have been many movies and several Broadway shows about the loss of over 1500 lives ("The Unsinkable Molly Brown" and, of course, "Titanic").

20th Century's contribution to the genre came before the historically much more accurate "A Night to Remember," based on Walter Lord's bestselling book of that title. And of course it can't begin to match the special effects and wizardry, to say nothing of a cloyingly popular tune, of James Cameron's international top money grosser.

But Barbara Stanwyck and Clifton Webb bring a dramatic and impelling story to the screen that remains powerful and, really, very sad decades after the movie's release. Directed by Jean Negulesco, "Titanic" has major (and what could have been easily avoidable) errors about the April 1912 collision with an iceberg. That doesn't matter because this film is about the relationship of rich, haughty, upper class European (no nationality specified) Webb and his estranged American wife of some two decades, Barbara Stanwyck. They have an ingenue teenage girl who is a Parisian snob and a younger boy who adores his dad. The feeling is mutual until Stanwyck reveals that her husband, from whom she's fleeing so the kids can grow up in darkest rural Michigan as Americans, isn't the boy's father. The ship is the setting for a family in dissolution with every first-time viewer knowing the matter won't be resolved when the ship docks in new York.

Of course the tempestuous exchanges between Webb and Stanwyck, strongly and believably acted, must give way to the exigencies of dealing with a mortally stricken vessel. Stanwyck and Webb are at the height of their acting careers.. The last dialogue between Webb and his son as drowning approaches is among the most moving and heart-wrenching I have ever experienced in a movie (maybe it's just a guy thing).

Barbara Stanwyck said in an interview that when her lifeboat scene ended she burst into uncontrollable tears, so strongly had she felt the experience of the survivors.

DVDs frequently have extra features which can and do run from the inane to the outstanding. I have yet to encounter a more valuable and fascinating extra than the documentary "Beyond Titanic," a ninety-five minute film only a bit shorter than the movie itself. While many Titanic documentaries focus on the causes of the maritime debacle or the exploration of the sunken ship, this film is about the social and cultural significance and heritage of one of the world's most consistently engrossing and endlessly studied tragedies.

"Beyond Titanic" presents the cinema history of the voyage from the first silent reels emerging soon after the event to the most recent movies. Authors of outstanding books on the Titanic are interviewed and film clips from movies and newsreels bring the story to life.

While watching the movie before we saw the documentary, my teenage son turned to me and cynically asked why women and children should have had a right to available lifeboat seats before men were debarked from the listing vessel. "Beyond Titanic" tackles the social mores of the time and quickly but clearly shows that the heroism of men who yielded the opportunity to get into the boats, and thus forfeited their lives, was a standard that those opposed to woman's suffrage applauded. Fighters for women's rights were embarrassed, indeed appalled, and many clearly felt that no such consideration should have been extended on the basis of gender. Probably no one disputed that children should have been saved before adults (at least I hope so).

There are more extra features including newsreels.

And to think that this new release cost but $9.95.

For the movie, 8/10. For "Beyond Titanic," 10/10.

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