Titanic - a Film that says it all. (See Memorabilia)
James Cameron's Film might at first just look like a Love Story set against the most famous maritime Disaster in History, but there's a lot more to it than that.
At the end we see "Titanic Liverpool" painted on the Stern of the Ship - disappear into the depths of icy North Atlantic. Rewind the VHS (they still had those in 1997) and we see the mighty Ship through the Window of a Bar where we meet Jack Dawson and his Italian Friend Fabrizio. They win a Game of Poker and are both hugely excited about "going to America". And they are, on the last Word in Engineering, a safe Ship - whose name suggests "size and strength" (re; Bruce Ismay). What could possibly go wrong?
While they celebrate their good fortune we see People going aboard, so does everyone in Southampton, but one of those Passengers is a young Woman called Rose. "To everyone else it was the Ship of Dreams - to me it was a Slave Ship!" she says. Those on the Quayside just see the Glamour - they don't see what Rose is feeling.
As the Film progresses we see that it isn't quite as wonderful. We see the Segregation - even when Lives are at stake, we see the snobbishness, we see the violence as Lovejoy beats up Jack, or Hockley his Fiancee. We see the Tokenism - when Jack is invited for one Night only to do Dinner with the posh People. He thinks he's become one of them - until he tried going back and how he is treated then. How he was at the start - People jumping to Conclusions.
So, no Habeous Corpus on the worlds most civilised and prestigious Ship then!!!!!
It was built in 1908, so was a Hotel in London - by William Waldorf Astor - brother of the richest Man on the Ship - John Jacob. Jack has his token Evening with the posh People - so does someone else at that Hotel, while he was also excited about how things might be happening then. He is made to realise that he isn't one of them, and there is scant chance of ever being.
Except, this Story has a Subtext that continued with other Films. Hockley and those others are all part of Philadelphian Society, but what if someone called Dawson had gone with William Penn Jnr to establish Pennsylvania in the late 1600s? In "Pirates of the Caribbean" someone else called Jack has a Father who is keeper of the Pirate Code - as laid down by Henry Morgan - who went with Penn Snr to capture Jamaica in 1655. When Mr Warner beats up Mr Dawson the latter has the same name as a certain Film Companies Co-Founder. When George Calvert - Lord Baltimore - became Proprietor of Avalon in Newfoundland he only did so because it was established by someone called Edward Wynne who disappears from Record after that. Rose becomes Rose Calvert after she marries later in the Story. "We couldn't find any Record of Jack - nothing anywhere" Brock Lovetts Assistant says.
The Disaster was in 1912 but that last scene of the Ship says something about when the Film was made. We had just had this big Beatles Revival thanks to certain 90's Guitar Groups, and in 1996 a very bizarre Readers Poll made "Revolver" the Album of the year - even though it was released 30 years before. That the Decade that started with the token Gesture at that Hotel had become this 60's Revival instead of what ought to have happened. There's this Rock Album with Groups that suggested "size and strength" - the same certainty Ismay's Ship did - what could possibly go wrong? Perhaps that "Titanic - Liverpool" things says what did, or how the Ship was run does. That while everything looks glamorous Jack seems to be the only one who knows what to do. Even Captain Smith looks phased as he retreats into his Quarters. So there must have been People somewhere in all of this who subscribed to all those things the Errors on the Ship are analogous for. People stuck in the 60's instead of where and when they should be - 1989-91. That the 60's wasn't all it was hyped up to be, and Rose's "Slave Ship" comment both refers to a Practice ended by someone else called Wynne - while "Penny Lane" was one of Liverpool's most notorious Slave Traders.
Not so Fab after all!
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Yours truly - 1996.