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A city's tragedy is remembered
KATE and Leo return to cinemas next week in what is sure to be an unsinkable hit – and I have enjoyed a sneak preview of Titanic in 3D.
James Cameron’s epic tale of love and tragedy on board the ill-fated maiden voyage of White Star Line’s most famous liner has undergone a conversion since its initial Oscar-winning success.
But don’t expect all the bells and whistles of 21st-Century three dimension a la Avatar and Alice in Wonderland. The man himself described it as more like 2.8D and there are no objects flying towards you as the ship sinks or ultra impressive vistas of the stern rising out of the Atlantic Ocean.
But, despite this, the film made much more of an impression than back in 1997, turning me into a blubbering wreck by the time three hours were up.
Apart from the fact I’m no longer a heartless teenager, I can only put this down to the entire tale now having far more resonance with me.
We are working hard on producing some incredible Titanic supplements and features here at Daily Echo HQ and the forthcoming centenary has allowed me to really reflect on the true impact this disaster had on my home city.
Our map showing the addresses of every one of the 549 city residents who perished is a real eye-opener and I often think of my next-door neighbour George Frederick Talbot making his way to the docks for what he thought would be an adventure working his way to New York as a third-class steward.
Southampton hosts a superb array of cultural, artistic and historic events to mark the centenary of the tragedy over the coming weeks. And the soon-to-open SeaCity Museum will provide a lasting legacy for future generations. I urge you to take a look.