Night To Remember (1957)
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Editor's NoteDirected by Hammer horror director Roy Ward Baker, this is another version of the tale of the doomed maiden voyage of the Titanic, told in a semi-documentary style through the eyes of the ship's second officer, Herbert Lightoller, whose duties provided him with a unique perspective of the everyday goings-on aboard the huge ocean liner. An excellent cast (selected for their resemblances to photos of the real passengers) conveys the courage, greed, fear, hope and despair of the real-life passengers. Based on the novel by Walter Lord.
A Night to Remember (1958) - The Criterion Collection - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Josh Lasser Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 3/29/2012 2:26 PM
|1958's A Night to Remember was in no way the first film about the RMS Titanic sinking nor was it the last. The tale of the ill-fated ship sinking on April 14, 1912 is one oft-told on both the big screen and the small. It would be, it features everything one needs for a great story from action and adventure to spectacle to glitz and glamour, rich and poor. All one really has to do is throw a little bit of a love story in to it as well (and surely there were people on the boat in love!) and you have it all. Beyond that, the story of the Titanic is one of man's attempt to conquer nature, man's hubris, and tales of hubris work, dramatically speaking....read the full review|
A Night to Remember (1958) -The Criterion Collection - DVD Review
By: K. George Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 4/10/2012 4:53 PM
|To mark the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, just as James Cameron releases a 3D version of his 1997 moneymaking behemoth, Criterion has brought out a new edition of Roy Ward Baker's A Night to Remember (1958), still the best version of the story. The two-disk DVD (also available on Blu-ray) offers a beautiful new hi-def transfer of the film, shot by the great Geoffrey Unsworth, and includes all the extras from the original 1998 edition (one of the first DVDs the company ever released), plus several new supplements....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|William McQuitty - Producer|
|William Alwyn - Composer|
|Sidney Hayers - Editor|
|Alex Vetchinsky - Production Designer|
|Yvonne Caffin - Costume Designer|
|Geoffrey Unsworth - Director of Photography|
|Eric Ambler - Screenwriter|
|Walter Lord - Story|
|Roy Ward Baker - Director|
Plot SummaryA highly detailed, documentary-style dramatization of the infamous maiden voyage of the Titanic. From the attendant excitement of the ship's departure, the narrative proceeds inexorably to the vessel's sudden collision with an iceberg in the frozen waters of the North Atlantic, then painfully recounts the mad scramble for survival that followed. We witness its maiden voyage across the Atlantic and watch as the British liner with 2200 people on board is gashed along 300 feet of its hull by an iceberg. As it starts to sink, the new invention of radio is used to try and summon help, although this is disastrously ignored by the closest vessel. With lifeboat places for only 1200 people, it is not only women and children first, but also First Class before Steerage. Over 1,300 passengers and crew members perished in the tragedy.|Based on Walter Lord's book of the same name.