Tuesday, 18 December
A Night to Remember
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER 1958 Directed by Roy Ward Baker 123 minutes In English
Forget the overblown spectacle of the Titanic story by James Cameron, there is still only one version that's worth anything, and it's this haunting British treasure made back in the late 50s. What a terrific film, depicting in a straightforward fashion, the story of the Titanic, the so-called indestructible ship that sank on its maiden voyage in April 1912. But of course this tragedy is also a warning that people should perhaps take heed of today - the disastrous consequences of a blind belief in innovation, technology and popular opinion.
Unlike Cameron's $180 million epic which relied on cheap gimmicks, glamorous subplots, and DiCaprio with sweeping romantic musical interludes, this film has an intense documentary-poetic feel. In this movie it is the haunting mood that becomes the star... using mind-boggling situations rather than CGI effects to communicate its impact. It opens with a real documentary clip of the real Titanic as it was being sent off to sea, and for the rest of the movie director Roy Ward Baker attempts to stick to the facts as close as possible. The emotions in this version feel real and visceral - compared to the cheap sentimentality of the Hollywood blockbuster. It captures a special chill in the air that you can't shake off, and the eeriness that the entire disaster happens on a dead calm night. What a stunning film, and one that absolutely cries to be seen on a big screen.
As one viewer put it:
"Those who wish to compare multi-million dollar digitization to that which was available in 1958 need to get REAL! The 1958 version went to the heart of the tragedy...and took the viewer with them. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER will remain a tribute...THE tribute to that night of madness."
This will be a High-Definition screening of this unforgettable classic cinematic poem.
Date & Time:
- 3-5 €