Strap on your life preservers and join in for a chorus of Nearer, My God, to Thee, because April marks the 100th anniversary of sinking of the Titanic, the luxury liner they claimed could never go down.
To observe this solemn occasion the Kansas City Public Library is offering several Titanic-related events in April, all them dovetailing with Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition now on display at Union Station.
The 2012 Titanic disaster has been the subject of at least 15 feature films from around the world, and more than twice that many documentaries and made-for-television productions. Women and Children First is a film series featuring five Titanic-themed films at 6:30 p.m. Mondays throughout April in the Stanley S. Durwood Film Vault of the Central Library, 14 W. 10th.
These titles range from docudrama-style recreations to a musical comedy and a documentary that takes us on a tour of the actual sunken vessel at the bottom of the Atlantic.
April 2: Titanic (1953: NR) -- Well-heeled couple Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyk find their marriage on the rocks; can they patch things up before the ship they're on hits an iceberg? With Robert Wagner, Thelma Ritter, Brian Aherne and Richard Basehart.
April 9: The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964: NR) - Debbie Reynolds stars in this lavish Hollywood mounting of the Broadway musical about an uneducated mountain girl who rises to become an icon of the Gilded Age and finds herself on the doomed ocean liner. With Harve Presnell.
April 16: Raise the Titanic (1980: PG) - Based on Clive Cussler's best-selling novel and completed several years before the wreckage of the Titanic was discovered, this expensive ($40 million at the time) production follows the efforts of a salvage team (Jason Robards, Richard Jordan, Anne Archer, Alec Guinness) to float the sunken liner back to the surface.
April 23: Ghosts of the Abyss (2003: G) - In the wake of his Oscar-winning hit movie, filmmaker James Cameron uses his immense wealth to buy a mini-sub with which he explores the wreckage of the Titanic on the ocean bottom. Narrated by Bill Paxton.
April 30: A Night to Remember (1958: NR) - This British production closely follows Walter Lord's best-seller about the Titanic. The cast features Kenneth Moore, a young David McCallum and Alec McCowen, Laurence Naismith, and Honor Blackman, who would gain fame a few years later as Pussy Galore in the James Bond hit Goldfinger.