It may be nearly 20 years since the release of Titanic but we’re still not even a little bit over it.
Whether we’re debating if Rose could have squeezed up a bit on that door, or bellowing out My Heart Will Go On, Titanic is a film that will never get old.
So, imagine our unabashed glee when we found out that a deleted scene from the award-winning epic has been rediscovered, giving us another scrap of Titanic-trivia to satisfy our never-ending craving.
Exciting, eh? Well, not exactly.
Let’s just say our glee was short-lived when we realised this haunting would-be closing scene is unbelievably sad. We hope you have your tissues at the ready.
The one minute 38 second clip shows the aftermath of Titanic survivors being pulled aboard the RMS Carpathia and follows a deathly pale and shell-shocked looking Rose being lead on to the rescue ship, wrapped in blankets. Wandering through the crowds, her devastation is apparent as she stands motionless, unable to hold the warm beverage being thrust into her hands.
Around her other survivors frantically search for their loved ones, one being Rose’s own mother, Ruth.
Throughout the film Rose and Ruth’s strained relationship is well documented and in the final cut they eventually become estranged, as Rose changes her last name to Dawson in order to separate herself from her family.
The extended scene taken from the blockbuster seems to give even more context and gravity to their relationship, something that’s been recognised by fans of the film. It shows Ruth wandering through hordes of people looking for her daughter, becoming emotional as she pauses at a mother clinging to her little girl.
After being posted on YouTube by Titanic fan page Titanic World, users have been keen to share their theories behind what this moving extract conveys.
One YouTube user felt that the scene should have stayed put, commenting, “I think they should have kept this part because it shows their emotions after such a horrific event. Also, I always wondered what happened to Rose’s mom.”
Another noted the new depth the scene gave to the Rose and Ruth’s relationship, writing, “Seeing Rose’s mother at the end just kills me. Yeah, she was a bit prissy and stuck-up throughout most of the movie, but just then there was none of that. There was only a broken-hearted woman trying, against all hope, to find her daughter.”
If it’s been a while since you watched the film you might have forgotten that the creator of the ‘unsinkable ship’, Bruce Ismay, was one of the few men to survive, something which is highlighted in the clip. Walking through the crowds of women and children, he looks hounded with guilt, something which viewers also so noticed.
One user says, “In a way I feel bad for Bruce Ismay. Everyone gives him the evil look: ‘Unsinkable ship, huh Bruce?’”
While another surmises, “I’m not sure about the Ismay scene, most of the passengers wouldn’t know who he was unless they are staring at him because he was a man that survived while their loved ones perished. If that’s the case I get it. Either way this was a powerful scene that wouldn’t have hurt the film at all.”
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Titanic, which was the first film ever to make one billion dollars, new screenings are being shown in the US throughout December.
The official Titanic Twitter account tweeted a video of director James Cameron announcing the news, who explained that the motion picture will be projected in Dolby Vision HDR exclusively at AMC theatres. He describes watching it with new high definition technology like “seeing it for the first time”.
Unfortunately UK fans will have to let go of hopes that the offer will be making its way to British cinemas, as no such news has been announced here.
Personally, we’ll be celebrating two decades of Jack and Rose by taking to the sofa and having our own little Titanic party.