A Night to Remember

Tuesday, 18 December

A Night to Remember

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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: 

Tuesday, 18 December, 2018 - 20:30


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  • 3-5 €
- 3 €
Filmhuis Cavia
Van Hallstraat 52-1
1051 HH Amsterdam


Go through the gate. Cavia is on the right hand side, above Xena Sports. Take the stairs.


Former squat, now legalised

Filmhuis Cavia is a counterculture cinema, founded in 1983 by a squatters movement, which programs films you aren't likely to see anywhere else.


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opening times: 

Our regular screenings are on Tuesdays (programmed by Jeffrey), Thursdays and Fridays, but we also have extra screenings and film festivals throughout the year. Look us up to find our monthly program.

Doors always open half an hour before the film starts.

Weekly programme of film screenings in a circuit of underground / self-organised venues. Forgotten movies that should have been classics, neglected flics, lesser-known gems, always with a personal introduction by the programmer. All films in English, or with English subtitles.


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opening times: 

mostly Sunday to Thursday at about 7 different underground locations.