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A Night to Remember

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

1950s British take on Titanic tragedy is a masterpiece.

Movie NR 1958 123 minutes
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A classic, but not memorable.

This movie is, no doubt, a classic, since it is from the late 1950s and is about an extremely significant event in our history: the sinking of the Titanic. However, I have seen a myriad of movies and have seen much better movies than this one. This depiction was a good try and had good accuracy, but as soon as the Titanic strikes the iceberg, the movie drags significantly, and a great portion of the movie is about the main sailors of the ship getting the passengers to safety using separate small boats. It therefore gets very boring, and I believe it is overly long and overly emotional, which made it more dramatic than serious and believable. It could have been shorter. It is also disappointing that it did not show the Titanic striking the iceberg on-screen. It just shows the Titanic approaching the iceberg and then water gushing into the boiler rooms. What also makes it boring is that it is not like “The Poseidon Adventure” from 1972 or its remake “Poseidon” from 2006, which both include intense and intoxicating peril. Despite it being a disappointing flick, it is educational in the sense that this catastrophe actually happened and it is okay for children to see it to stay informed about our history, and making more people aware of this event, as of other historical events is a positive message. Overall, I found it to be very disappointing and would not recommend it to anyone who doesn’t like to waste their time in movies.

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While a fantastic movie on its own terms, A NIGHT TO REMEMBER is a fascinating counterpart to a certain Hollywood blockbuster also telling the story of the RMS Titanic's sinking. With probably 1/100th of Titanic's budget, A Night to Remember puts its faith far less on screaming special effects, blaring orchestral music, and romantic leading men, and far more on what actually happened, and (since this is an British film) the stiff upper-lipped stoicism of an English crew doing everything in their power to rescue the passengers in the face of difficult odds.

Those familiar with the films of Robert Altman might detect a similar treatment of story here -- as the camera spends a few minutes with the crew, then the passengers eating in the lush dining room, then the workers in the boiler room, the immigrants riding in third class, lingering long enough to get a sense of what's happening and layering it until the viewer gets an economical sketch of what's happening on the entire ship. Countless instances of heroism, courage, and fearlessness are displayed here, as are panic, fear, and the impending sense of tragedy when the last remnant of the Titanic sinks into the ocean. The pacing of the film is extraordinary, and even if you know how it's going to end, the depiction of the tragedy still affects us, 100 years later.

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