Titanic: forget Jack & Rose, here is the REAL love story! – Cinema news

The fatal romance between Rose and Jack in James Cameron’s Titanic brought tears to hundreds of millions of viewers around the world. But there is also another love story in the film, an authentic one, and just as poignant…

Titanic: forget jack & rose, here is the real love story! - cinema news
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If James Cameron’s Titanic has long been an absolute unsinkable on the side of the worldwide Box Office, at least until the person concerned succeeds himself with Avatar, the legendary ship has dramatically belied its reputation as a unsinkability by sinking during the night of April 14 to 15, 1912, less than three hours after colliding with an iceberg.

Sinking into the depths of the icy waters, it ran aground 3843 meters deep, 650 km southeast of Newfoundland. Between 1490 and 1520 people died, which makes this event, whose 110th anniversary is commemorated today, one of the greatest maritime disasters in peacetime and the largest for the time. The France 5 channel is also devoting a documentary to it this evening, Titanic: autopsy of a shipwreck.

Since the year of the release of Cameron’s film, 24 years ago, we imagine that you logically had to see it, and most certainly cried hot tears in front of the love tragically thwarted by fate between Rose and Jack.

But if hundreds of millions of viewers were heartbroken by the fate of their barely nascent romance, which ultimately involves two fictional characters, the “real” love story may not be there. where we necessarily expect it…

You probably remember this heartbreaking sequence where a couple of elderly passengers, huddled on the bed in their cabin, await death while icy water invades all the corridors and cabins. All to the music – heartbreaking too – of Closer to you my God

Emotion sequence below. Take out the handkerchiefs…

Extremely rigorous and concerned with authenticity, the filmmaker has abundantly fed his film with completely authentic characters and authentic sequences, such as the one where the captain of the ship, Edward J. Smith, refused to abandon ship and sank at the helm. of his liner. The elderly, embracing couple are none other than Ida and Isador Straus.

The misfortune of wealthy passengers

Of German origin and married in 1871, the couple had immigrated to the United States where they made their fortune. Isidor Straus was, among other things, one of the owners of Macy’s department stores, but also a representative of the 15th district of New York State in the United States Congress. It was by chance that they found themselves traveling aboard the Titanic, in first class, moreover.

After a trip to Europe and Germany, the couple had to return to New York by taking another liner, the RMS Olympics, of a more modest size than the Titanic. But the ship’s departure was delayed, so the Strauss changed their plans to take a ticket for the Titanic’s maiden cruise.

The couple in the photo, taken around 1910-1911:

Titanic: forget jack & rose, here is the real love story! - cinema news

When the order to evacuate the ship was given, priority was given to women and children. Aged and moreover first-class passengers, the Strauss had a chance to get by, even if the ship had dramatically not provided enough lifeboats…

Paul A. Kurzman, the couple’s great-grandson, will recount this family memory in 2017 : “my great-grandmother Ida got into the lifeboat hoping that her husband would follow. When he did not follow her, she was very worried, and the ship’s officer in charge of lowering this particular lifeboat said, “Well, Mr. Straus, you’re an old man…and we all know who you are…Of course, you can get into the lifeboat with your wife.”

But Isidor Straus refused to board the lifeboat, as long as “every woman and child aboard the ship was not in a dinghy”. His wife understands: if he must die, she will die with him. “We’ve had forty wonderful years together, if you don’t want to climb in that canoe, then neither do I.” she allegedly told him, according to the account of her maid, Ellen Bird, who survived the tragedy.

The sequence will also be taken up in a scene of the film, finally cut during the editing. “Where you go, I go! Don’t argue with me, Isidor, you know it does no good”.

Ellen Bird will thus take her place in the lifeboat, carrying her mistress’s fur coat on her shoulders, the ultimate farewell gift: “I won’t need it anymore. Take it in the lifeboat to keep you warm until you are rescued” Ida Straus told him.

The pair were last seen on the deck of the Titanic, holding hands, before a wave caused by the sinking ship swept them away. Contrary to what James Cameron shows in his film, and although his images are very emotionally strong, they did not die entwined on the bed of their cabin. The body of Isidor will be fished out a few days later, but that of his wife was never found. Nor that of John Farthing, their butler.

Their deaths will make headlines in the United States, like this headline from the Denver Post dated April 19, 1912 : “Mr & Ms Straus sank arms entwined”. The remains of Isidor Straus will be interred in Woodlawn Cemetery in New York. Ellen Bird, their maid, died in 1949.

A superb bronze funeral sculpture in tribute to the couple, created by the highly acclaimed American artist Henry Augustus Lukemanis located in New York, at the intersection of Broadway and West End Avenue.

Below is a photo of the sculpture, taken on April 15, 2012, when the 100th anniversary of the sinking was commemorated:

Titanic: forget jack & rose, here is the real love story! - cinema news
Luigi Novi/ Wikimedia Commons/ CC BY 3.0

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