I’m the last person in the world! . . that hasn’t seen the James Cameron film Titanic.
Or so I felt after I got back from the Titanic artifact exhibition at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan. While viewing the exhibit, a docent commented that the first, second, and third class passengers were segregated on the ship. The levels of the ship that housed each ticket class were locked off by gates and staircases that would not allow the passengers to mix with each other during the voyage. So Rose and Jack would never have got together on the real ship in 1912.
It clicked in my head that Rose and Jack must be the characters in the movie played by Kate Winslet and Leonardo DeCaprio. And that the docent just assumed that everyone must have seen the 1997 movie.
Would I have shocked the tour guide if I told him that I never saw the movie? Has anyone else out there not seen Titanic?
Cameron’s Avatar and Titanic are the top two worldwide grossing films of all time. This shows a severe lack of cultural reference on my part. Yet I find the drama and tragedy of the real 1912 event is enough for me to imagine.
But to redeem myself, I did see Avatar. Although the way I saw it may not even count. I checked it out on a DVD from my local library a few months ago and watched it on a bulky, 25-inch, picture-tube television, circa 1995. No HD, no 3D, maybe not worth watching.
I’ve got to get myself into the 21st century. Or have I already missed the boat?