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‘Titanic’ flubs are fun to catch

April 25, 2012
By Tony Rutherford , Graffiti

By Tony Rutherford

Writer/director James Cameron has a reputation for being a perfectionist. His films, including the "Titanic 3D" re-release, concentrate on added details to help immerse viewers in his productions.

From the opening of "Titanic 3D," you are viewing a film in which the third dimension compliments the production. There are not any cheesy elements thrown in or aimed at the camera with the intention of exploiting the 3D process.

Cameron has incorporated this visual effect to place viewers intimately on the ship's deck. For instance, when the ballroom door is opened, the camera tastefully follows inside. The same for the tragic aspects, such as the ship splitting in half and the sinking of the upward pointed deck.

The Oscar-winning director revealed that when "Titanic" opened in the 1990s, an astrophysicist (Neil deGrasse Tyson) wrote him explaining that the stars are wrong at the end. When Rose (Kate Winslet) looks up from the raft, she's gazing at the wrong star field.

Cameron "fixed" the astronomical gaze for the 3D release. However, he overlooked a slight continuity lapse.

Fact Box

"Titanic" oops, goofs, trivia and other fun stuff

- The studios wanted Matthew McConaughey in the role of "Jack," but James Cameron insisted that Leonardo DiCaprio would be the star.

- Filtered cigarettes did not come out until the mid-'40s, yet a number of characters are seen smoking them.

- At the end of the movie, when Rose meets Jack on the Grand Staircase, the time displayed on the clock is the same time the ship sank.

- Titanic was the first movie to have a budget of $200,000,000.

- Most of the "ocean" into which the extras were jumping was 3-foot deep.

- The world map on the wall of the radio room shows countries with present-day borders.

- Jack Dawson claims to have gone ice fishing on Lake Wissota, near Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Lake Wissota is a man-made reservoir which wasn't created until 1917.

- Actresses considered for the role of "Rose" were Madonna, Sharon Stone and Cameron Diaz.

As you know, by the time Rose and Jack are holding on to that makeshift raft, they have endured the ravages of the waters roaring on to the ship, Jack has been freed from handcuffs on board, the two have out run rushing waters, stood on the slippery slope of the deck being slowly swallowed by the Atlantic, and Jack had ordered Rose to jump before the ship going under would create a whirling watery vortex pulling them both under. They also had to swim to find the raft.

Everyone (unless you've been living under a rock) now knows what happens while Winslet is on the raft and DiCaprio professes his love and hope while freezing in the chilly sea. A few fans have prepared alternate endings or speculated about Jack's death holding on to the raft.

While discussing the prospect of them taking turns to prevent Jack from succumbing, Rose looks at the stars (corrected in the 3D version) and we see a full shot of her standing. Despite all the watery splashing, she's still wearing white tights and white pumps. No, they do not have straps.

One can only speculate how that happened. Earlier in the production, she removed her heels so she could do a fast dance. You can't assume she's an acrobatic expert like, for instance, Goldie Hawn, who maintained her heels throughout stunts in "Bird on a Wire."

Aside from sending an e-mail to Cameron, does anyone have an explanation?

Don't misinterpret this reality wrinkle. The show's a five-star, thumbs-up, classic that may never be equaled. I'm just asking had Super Glue been invented in 1912?

However, another viewer and online commenter has posted about a possible shoe closet visit while the ship goes down. Rose is seen in period lace up foot coverings, sneakers and flats. The poster of the mistake opined that, perhaps, Winslet had to change for safety reasons on the upended deck. A set visitor from The Hollywood Reporter wrote that during the filming extras sustained broken ribs and sprained ankles.

So, if you want to impress friends with more "Titanic" movie trivia, visit: www.jonhs.com/moviegoofs/titanic_2.htm, for additional possible "errors" in the production. Close scrutiny reveals other flubs, ranging from attire, appearing and disappearing props, hair style differences, and glimpses of stuntmen, rigging, and camera reflections.

Meanwhile, the flick's back on the big 3D screen for a limited time. Go see it. This is a must for experiencing on the big screen with accompanying surround sound.

 
 

 

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