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Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5
United Kingdom, 1958. The Rank Organisation. Screenplay by Eric Ambler, based on the book by Walter Lord. Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth. Produced by William MacQuitty. Music by William Alwyn. Production Design by Alex Vetchinsky. Costume Design by Yvonne Caffin. Film Editing by Sidney Hayers. Podcast: My Criterions.
Before James Cameron, this was the definitive film about the famous Titanic and its infamous sinking. A uniformly excellent cast contributes to the staggeringly accurate historical detail as the pace chillingly goes from adventurous to treacherous in a matter of scenes. It appears Cameron’s film got a lot of its information from this one, because aside from its being black and white the two films look almost identical, but what it also has is a classy lack of sentimentality; when it decides to pull at heartstrings it does so in the most reserved and economical manner. History buffs, Titanic devotees and British film lovers should not miss it.
Golden Globe Award Nomination: Best English-Language Foreign Film