TI­TANIC TRIVIA

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies -

Ti­tanic was one of three films to win a to­tal of 11 Academy Awards, the

oth­ers be­ing Ben- Hur and The Lord of the Rings: The Re­turn of the King.

The stu­dios wanted Matthew Mcconaughey but James Cameron in­sisted on Leonardo Dicaprio.

For some wreck in­te­rior shots, a set was con­structed and sub­merged.

At $ 200 mil­lion, the movie cost more than the Ti­tanic it­self. The cost to con­struct the ship in 1910- 1912 was £ 1.5 mil­lion, equiv­a­lent to $ 7.5 mil­lion at the time and about $ 120-$ 150 mil­lion in 1997 dol­lars.

The film was No. 1 at the US box of­fice for a record 15 con­sec­u­tive weeks, from De­cem­ber 19, 1997, to April 2, 1998.

Most of the decor on the ship was re­con­structed by or un­der the su­per­vi­sion of re­searchers of the White Star Line, the orig­i­nal com­pany that con­structed and fur­nished the Ti­tanic.

It was the high­est gross­ing film in box of­fice his­tory, with world­wide tak­ings of US$ 1.8 bil­lion un­til it was sur­passed by Avatar. Both films were di­rected by James Cameron.

The film con­tains more than 100 speak­ing parts and more than 1000 ex­tras, all of whom needed to be dressed in lav­ish pe­riod cos­tume.

Both Kate Winslet and Leonardo Dicaprio learned how to dance the polka for the scenes set at the party in the third- class com­part­ments.

Be­fore an­nounc­ing de­vel­op­ment of this film, James Cameron shot footage of ice­bergs off the coast of Nova Sco­tia un­der the pre­tence of mak­ing a film ti­tled Planet Ice.

Source: IMDB

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