Titanic es una película en blanco y negro de la Alemania nazi estrenada en 1943. Es principalmente una película de propaganda contra Gran Bretaña.
Plot[edit | edit source]
The film opens with a proclamation to the White Star stockholders that the value of their stocks is falling. The president of White Star Line J. Bruce Ismay promises to reveal a secret during the maiden voyage of the Titanic that will change the fate of the stocks. He alone knows that the ship can break the world record in speed and believes this will raise the stock value. Ismay and the board of the White Star plan to lower the stocks by selling even their own stocks in order to buy them back at a lower price. They plan to buy them back just before the news about the record speed of the ship will be published to the press.
The issue of capitalism and the stock market plays a dominant role throughout the movie. The hero of the film is fictional German First Officer Herr Petersen (played by Hans Nielsen) on the ill-fated voyage of the British ocean liner R.M.S. Titanic in 1912. He begs the ship's rich, snobbish and sleazy owners to slow down the ship's speed, but they refuse and the Titanic hits an iceberg and sinks. The passengers in first class are shown to be sleazy cowards with Petersen, his recently impoverished Russian aristocrat ex-lover Sigrid Olinsky (Sybille Schmitz), and other German passengers in steerage are shown as brave and kind. Petersen manages to rescue many passengers, convince Sigrid to get into a lifeboat, and saves a young girl, who was obviously left to die in her cabin by an uncaring, callous British capitalist mother. In the ship's final death throes, Petersen leaps from the deck with the little girl still in his arms and is then pulled aboard Sigrid's lifeboat and the occupants watch in horror as the Titanic plunges beneath the waves. The film ends with the British Inquiry into the disaster, where Petersen testifies against Bruce Ismay, condemning his actions, but Ismay is cleared of all charges and the blame is placed squarely on the deceased Captain Smith's shoulders. The epilogue states that "the deaths of 1,500 people remain un-atoned, forever a testament of Britain's endless quest for profit."
Historical Characters[edit | edit source]
- Edward John Smith
- Joseph Bruce Ismay
- William McMaster Murdoch
- Charles Herbert Lightoller
- John George Phillips
- Harold Sydney Bride
- Frederick Fleet
- Robert Hichens
- John Jacob Astor IV
- Madeleine Talmadge Force Astor
Fictional characters[edit | edit source]
- Sigrid Olinsky
- Herr Petersen
- Lord Archibald Douglas
- Duchess of Canterville
- Prof. Bergmann
- Dr. Lorenz
- Cristobal Mendoz
- Franzl Guber
- Unnamed Girl Child
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- After one week of troubled shooting on the Cap Arcona, Herbert Selpin called a crisis meeting where he made unflattering comments about the Kriegsmarine officers, who were more concerned with getting drunk or molesting the female cast members rather than doing their job as marine consultants of the film. His close friend and co-writer of the script, Walter Zerlett-Olfenius, reported him to the Gestapo and Selpin was promptly arrested and personally questioned by Joseph Goebbels, who was the driving force behind the project. Selpin, however, did not retract his statement-something which infuriated Goebbels since the Propaganda Minister had placed his trust in Selpin to direct his propaganda epic. Selpin was found dead the next day, hanging in his cell. It is believed that Goebbels ordered his death and made it look like a suicide.
- For the remainder for the films production, Werner Klingler was hired to finish the film. And Goebbels made threats to the cast and crew if they retaliated against Zerlett-Olfenius and they were forbidden to mention Selpin by name.
- After seeing this film, Goebbels thought the scenes of mass panic were not appropriate viewing for Germans, who were then being subjected to British bombing. So he allowed only foreign release. Beginning in late 1949 Germans could see the film, but Allied occupation authorities forbade its showing in West Germany in 1950 because of its anti-British propaganda.
- The uncensored propaganda element was kept for the Soviets to show to Eastern German audiences, because of their anti-British and anti-American messages.