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Film analysis: Front of the ship scene – Titanic Nothing on earth can rival the epic spectacle and breathtaking grandeur of Titanic. This sweeping love story sailed into the hearts of moviegoers around the globe, ultimately emerging as the most popular motion picture of all time. The flying scene in Titanic is a beautiful and romantic phase of the film because it invites the audience to empathic with the lovers.

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These two characters are the protagonists of the film, a young man of low social status without any direction in life, who won the ticket to embark on this spectacular ship out of an extremely lucky – or unlucky poker and. In contrast there is a woman of high social class who is always dressed to the nines and living life in luxury, yet despite this they fall inseparably in love. They are on a ship called Titanic, heading to New York City. This is where almost the entire film and story are set.

The scene commences with an aerial view of the ship and the sea, where the focus is then enhanced on Jack Dawson face. The camera movement then zooms in on his face and the non-verbal code of his facial expression connotes to the audience that he is thinking intently on previous events and is perhaps disheartened. Jack becomes the foreground of the shot and fills most of the frame, but then Rose approaches in the background and is accompanied by low level, soft music being an audio code.

The dress Rose is wearing immediately demonstrates when the film is set – 1912, when the actual Titanic sank. Rose approaches Jack as he tells her to close her eyes, which gives the audience anticipation of what Jack will do while her eyes are shut which draws the audience in. She is in the centre of the frame with Jack standing behind her. The music is still softly playing and the audience can hear Jack say “hold onto the railing. This close up shot allows the audience to feel and understand the energy between Jack and Rose.

There is another close up of Rose and Jacks faces and is at a low angle but Rose is not in the centre of the frame anymore. Her eyes are still closed and Jack is looking at her which demonstrates that Jack is in complete control and Rose frees her arms allowing Jack to control them showing the audience that she trusts him. Jack is showing Rose another life beyond what she is living trapped by social class, and she is enjoying the moment. The protagonist lovers are perched at the bow of the hip. It’s their powerful moment and they are almost flying, pressed together, facing the desolate ocean.

The shot used in this moment is a low angle shot which displays their power to the audience, but can also have a deeper meaning of their powerful love being addressed. It can be seen that they are leading the Titanic on its voyage into the freedom of the sea, yet are trapped by the huge machine. As they are facing the ocean it connotes that they are leaving the world they were once in for a while but behind them the viewer can see the vessel conveying mechanical forces are against them and is also supported by a crane shot of the two, where we can see the railings of the ship displaying a barrier to their love.

A cut to another aerial view of Jack and Rose standing on the railings connotes their bird-like freedom of flying. One can also see the ship moving against the water current which connotes Rose going against her family expectations of who she falls in love with and marries. Hands and an extreme close up to both of their faces, displaying their intimacy is increasing. There is a mid shot when Jack puts his arms around her showing they eave a mutual feeling they give their first kiss accompanied by the climax of the background music.

The camera circles around them as they kiss, the circular movement connoting a wedding ring and its symbol of everlasting love. Also a kiss is somewhat short-lived which connotes their short love for each other. Finally the scene slowly finished with the couple still kissing but they begin to disappear with the beautiful ship transforming into what it becomes, a ship wreck on the Atlantic Ocean floor, foreshadowing the event of the magnificent structure tragically sinking.


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