The Titanic By James Cameron

1713 WordsJan 3, 20167 Pages
The story of the Titanic is well known: the unsinkable ship that sank, with it taking thousands of lives. A story like this begs for the silver screen, and it has seen a few adaptations but by far the most famous and successful was James Cameron’s high-budget motion picture, suitably named ‘Titanic’. Cameron’s adaptation is a film that at times makes the audience forget about the ships inevitable fate as they are invited to focus on the relationship between the two main characters: Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet). The relationship between these two characters personifies the differences between the classes on the ship, and the sequence that I will be focusing on in this essay shows these differences using the microfeature of mise-en-scené. Cinematography is also used not only to place the audience inside the ship, but also to let them know which class they should be sympathising with. This scene sees Rose taken by Jack down into the 3rd class for music, drinking and dancing, after an awkward dinner with Rose’s first class family. Before we initially go down to where the ‘real party’ is in the lower class, we are placed through a shot-reverse-shot in Rose’s position in the quiet, polite atmosphere of the first class. The shot uses a high-angle of Rose taking her first steps up the stairs and then a low angle perspective shot of Jacks position at the top of the stairs. Not only does this add perspective to how they see each other: one looking up and one
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