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WORTHINGTON — I must tell you about my experiences watching the movie “Titanic.” Yes, I have seen the movie five times.

My first viewing, I did not have any specific expectations. I just went out of curiosity. How will this horrific historical event play out on the movie screen? The next day, while talking to a friend, I told her of how fabulously this film was made. She said she wished she’d gone along and I quickly said, “I’ll go again.” Seeing it again will help me hear it better, I thought.

Can you believe I went a third time? I noticed many details such as the dining staff carting oranges in the background, the expensive table settings of dishes and crystal, and the fabric for the costumes that came from around the world.

The staircase scene reminded me of Rhett Butler at the bottom of the staircase looking up at Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone with the Wind.” Instead, it was Leonardo DiCaprio looking up at the character Rose. The huge clock seemed to be exactly the same.

In comparing these two movies, I found that they were alike in many ways. They begin their plots with strong, stubborn, yet independent women. They both have incredible emotional and physical survival challenges to overcome. These women came from wealth and upper social classes. They are both engaged/married to men they do not love. They both need to decide whether or not they choose to love a man that is not in their social standing.

The heroic men in the Civil War battle of Atlanta parallels the heroic men of the boiler room of the ship, both battling impossible odds.

For you movie trivia buffs, both directors won an Oscar. Victor Fleming won for “Gone with the Wind” in 1940, and James Cameron for “Titanic” in 1998. “Gone with the Wind” won 10 Academy Awards,  and “Titanic” won 11, tying with “Ben Hur” for the most Oscars for a film.

Last but not least, both movies have a glorious sunset scene —  the Tara home in “Gone with the Wind”, and the magnificent ship in the ocean in “Titanic.”

A great movie is a brilliant script, superb acting and a director’s vision come to life. For Cecil B. DeMille, he always needed a tragedy with a good love story to go along with it.

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