I saw Titanic for the first time on April 14th of this year. On the 100th anniversary, in 3D, in a theater. And despite what some people might believe to be the profundity of that, i was pretty skeptical in the beginning. BUT i’d be lying if i said i wasn’t swept away by the whole thing by the end.
But the part that really did it for me, was the car scene. because i suddenly realized that there’s a pretty parallel scene in Say Anything. First off, they’re sex scenes, in cars, second off, even the dialogue has a similarity to it.
Rose: You’re trembling.
Jack: Don’t worry, I’ll be alright.
Diane: Are you shaking?
Diane: You’re shaking.
Lloyd: I don’t think so.
Diane: You’re cold.
Lloyd: I don’t think I am
Diane: Then why are you shaking?
Lloyd: I don’t know, I think I’m happy.
Also, Lloyd, and Jack are both perceived as not good enough for Diane and Rose, respectively, by their families, and both Diane and Rose’s fathers are frauds.
I have to think that the commonalities were intentional on Cameron Crowe’s part. That he did it sort of as an homage. I know he directed the movie when he was really young. Like maybe he was even still a teenager, that makes a sort of sense to me. Like Shakespeare, in the beginning, only wrote histories, stories that already existed and already had been told, before the comedies and tragedies. So maybe Cameron was doing the same sort of thing.
seeing it done so well is hopeful for me, makes the massive, distant aspiration of writing something worthwhile seem a bit more attainable.
* Whoops, continuity error. Titanic was made AFTER Say Anything. and to be honest, it’s a little harder from me to believe that James Cameron did something in homage to Cameron Crowe than vice versa, and it was easier to relate to teenaged Crowe than the force in the movie industry that is James Cameron. So I might just attempt to go on misimagining that chronology