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100 Years of Titanic at National Geographic Museum


James Cameron is responsible for the best two selling pictures films of all time, that kind of success can only be attributed to selling something to the American public that they can relate to, word to Adele. Not to cheapen Mr. Cameron with that immense importance of being one the most significant storytellers of all time, but, yes there is a but, if your inspiration comes from real life than you can only call yourself a co-conspirator, at the least. When Jack Dawson projected himself as “the King of the World”, he did so with a confidence that, 100 years from its sinking and 15 years from its glorious filmmaking, would never forgotten by, well, 3D. In honor of its anniversary, the National Geographic Museum or NatGeo (as the locals like to refer to it) has an exhibit geared towards its preservation.

NatGeo claims it is the first institution to unveil the first discoveries of Bob Ballard’s initial dive for the Titanic in 1985. With that latest find, imagine a new image of the boat that captivated the planet’s attention since it hit that fateful iceberg on Tax Day in 1912. Investigate a distinctive 18-foot model of the ship, an interactive floor and touch table, actual sets from the movie including a lifeboat, pictures of passengers and the most recent images by Cameron of the ruins left at the bottom of the sea.

This of course coincides with NatGeo’s Channel’s ongoing broadcast of another one of the Oscar winner’s productions, Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron. The director heads the definitive inspection into the disaster. In 1997, Cameron re-imagined the ship for his epic movie “Titanic”, which ignited audience’s interest with the wreckage but also his own: “I wanted to dive the wreck more than I wanted to make the movie,” he makes clear. “Diving into the wreck was my way into the story.” Charming.