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“Titanic” Is Actually Full Of Mistakes Nobody Noticed Before

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Several of the mistakes in Titanic were the result of flipping the camera image in order to have the ship pointed in the right direction. Because we know where the Titanic sailed from and the direction it was heading, James Cameron wanted to have it right. To achieve this, some of the shots were inverted, but this caused other issues. The changing of Rose’s beauty mark was a big one. Another is this magical left-handed crank camera we see. In 1912, crank cameras were all the rage, but there were none that were cranked on the left side. Since most photographers are right-handed, it made sense to cater to the majority. Perhaps an even bigger mistake is that this crowd, when we get another shot of the ship’s exterior from inside a nearby building, has completely vanished shortly after this shot.
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Movie makers have a slew of tricks to use to make fights and action seem realistic. In real time, these tricks work like a charm, especially in big budget films. Sometimes, however, particularly when aided by frame-by-frame analysis, these tricks are exposed. That’s what happened here in Titanic when Rose sucker-punches the crewman trying to pull her to safety. Now, in Rose’s defense, this guy was a total idiot. Sure, we get that the levity of situation might make people do strange things, but listen to this guy. Rose is telling him that someone is trapped and he keeps saying, “It’s okay. It’s alright,” just repeating it over and over again. So, Rose socking this guy to free herself is more than justified. But right after she punches him, the camera shows this moron and he’s got blood on his hands, none on his face. He then wipes his face with the bloody hand to make it appear as if his nose is bleeding. Nice try, man. We weren’t born yesterday.
We know that kids are strange beasts and they can be unpredictable to say the least, but what happens aboard the Titanic in Titanic with one mystery child is beyond reason. While the ship is going down and the bottom decks are flooding, the crew decided to lock some of the gates keeping the lower-class passengers from escaping up to the top decks. This is obviously distressing for almost everyone, but in the panic, amidst all the third-class passengers freaking out, is one smiling child. We can pretend that this kid may not know what’s going on, but if you’ve ever seen a child around adults who are losing their minds, you’d know that kids freak out doubly in these situations. They become overwhelmed and they scream and cry. But, not this little guy. This kid looks at the camera dead in the eye and gives it a smile. He says with this look, Look how awesome I am. I’m in a movie right now.
When Rose is getting on the lifeboats, we’re confronted with a few curious things. The first is when Cal agrees with Jack and tells Rose, “get on the boat.” In the background, we see two red flashing lights. Since the ocean is an odd place for towers with red lights, we have to assume these are TV towers. The next curious thing is just a continuity error, but a funny one, nevertheless. Jack and Cal watch as Rose is lowered in a lifeboat. The boat gets down to a certain point, let’s say 10 feet below where she started. The camera then trains on Jack and Cal as they talk. This conversation lasts for 40 seconds, and all the while, we hear the lifeboat being lowered. When the camera goes back to Rose in the boat, she’s actually been raised since the last time we saw her. Now, she’s only about 5 feet down.
It’s Sunday morning aboard the Titanic and Jack is greeted with a beautiful song. The tune is a Navy Hymn called “Eternal Father.” What is interesting about this particular song is the version that’s being sung. In this version is the verse that says, “O Spirit, whom the Father sent; To spread abroad the firmament; O Wind of heaven, by thy might; Save all who dare the eagle’s flight, And keep them by thy watchful care; From every peril in the air.” Now, while the reasons for the Navy singing this verse about the Air Force have been debated, the timelines are not debatable. Sure, The Wright Brothers flew a plane prior to the Titanic sinking, but this verse didn’t exist until 1937. Hell, the first American aviation unit, the 1st Aero Squadron, wasn’t even deployed until the year after the Titanic sunk, 1913.