Raise the Titanic! begins with a montage of photos of the ocean liner under construction and setting out on her doomed voyage. After that modest nod to reality, the film quickly turns into a sort of James Bond fantasy.
Steven Spielberg’s War Horse is big and gorgeous in ways that reminds of Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. But while it often delighted my eye, it felt empty. Not even a deep cast of British actors could bring it to emotional life.
Few films have a firmer grasp on a time or location than Paul Mazursky’s An Unmarried Woman (1978), a movie that captures not only the look of New York City in the late ‘70s, but the intellectual/emotional feel of the place.
Margaret Brown had a colorful life before the Titanic, and a very full one after that notorious maritime disaster. But in the collective memory of popular culture she will always be the “unsinkable” Molly Brown.