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Letter: Ulster's Titanic

THE NORMALLY estimable Robert Fisk writes an interesting article on the symbolism of the Titanic (Comment, 30 march). However he gets one major symbol totally wrong, as did the film.

Letter: Titanic and stunning

ALTHOUGH the take on Titanic was quite witty, it is insensitive and bitchy to keep talking about Kate Winslet's weight (Eye, 27 March). She is within perfectly normal parameters for a person of her build, and she looked stunning at the Oscars.

Film: Survivor of three Titanics

Richard D North discovers a woman who survived three shipwrecks, including the 'Titanic'

Film: Titanic: is it really the sail of the century?

Is it possible for a film to be the biggest box-office success ever ... and still be a turkey? John Lyttle says yes

The Oscars: Night when Titanic, not Britannia, ruled the waves

Tim Cornwell reports from Los Angeles on a disappointing night for Britain

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Letter: Titanic injustice

THE FILM, Titanic gives an unfair portrayal of my grandfather, Bruce Ismay, chairman of the White Star Line. Please allow me to set the record straight.

RNLI targets `Titanic' viewers

Film-goers traumatised by watching Kate Winslet battle against a watery grave in the blockbuster movie Titanic are donating hundreds of pounds to a lifeboat charity on their way out of the cinema.

Film: Best of the films

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Film: Celluloid symphonies

James Horner has become the Mozart of movies, providing the scores for films from `Braveheart' to his latest, `Titanic'. Edward Seckerson charts the career of Hollywood's top scorer.

Film: Whenever you get that sinking feeling, get busy

Director James Cameron has been haunted by death since he was a boy. His latest film, `Titanic', is about two-and-a-half hours in the life of people who know they face death. He tells Nick Hasted about his `metaphor for mortality'.

Profile: Self-made hero fails to deliver

Kevin Costner could do no wrong. In `Dances With Wolves' and `Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves' he was big, big box office. Then he wanted to be taken seriously and it all went sour. Cameron Docherty in LA traces the decline of the star whose latest film `The Postman' has bombed in the States.

And the band played on...

But what was the tune the band struck up as the ship went down? Few who have seen Roy Ward Baker's 1958 film of the Titanic's doom, A Night to Remember, will forget the scene. As panic sweeps the decks, real men rush about shouting "Women and children first!" while wimps head lemming- like for the stern. Wallace Hartley, leader of the ship's band, puts down his fiddle. "It's the end, boys," he stoically observes. "We've done our duty. We can go now."

Myths that leave a sinking feeling

The 'Titanic' has become a myth. Every time the word Titanic comes up, the word myth is never far away - and not just because the latest Hollywood blockbuster about the doomed ship is the most expensive film ever. James Mckenzie visited Hamburg, site of Europe's largest Titanic exhibition and met the show's historian, Gunther Babler, in an attempt to separate myth from reality, fact from fiction.

A film to remember

THERE IS a thriving market already in props used in the making of Titanic, which is perhaps the most bizarre measure of the extraordinary success of this $200m Hollywood movie. In the three weeks since it opened in America, Titanic has ceased to be a mere epic and has become a phenomenon. It may well turn out to be an epic phenomenon, quite apart from being the most extravagant movie ever made - perhaps the last of its kind.
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