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Film analysis: Front of the ship scene – Titanic
Nothing on earth can rival the epic spectacle and breathtaking grandeur of Titanic. This sweeping love story sailed into the hearts of moviegoers around the globe, ultimately emerging as the most popular motion picture of all time. The flying scene in Titanic is a beautiful and romantic phase of the film because it invites the audience to empathise with the lovers. These two characters are the protagonists of the film, a young man of low social status without any direction in life, who won the ticket to embark on this spectacular ship out of an extremely lucky – or unlucky poker hand. In contrast there is a woman of high social class who is always dressed to the nines and living life in luxury, yet despite this they fall inseparably in love. They are on a ship called Titanic, heading to New York City. This is where almost the entire film and story are set. The scene commences with an aerial view of the ship and the sea, where the focus is then enhanced on Jack Dawson’s face. The camera movement then zooms in on his face and the non-verbal code of his facial expression connotes to the audience that he is thinking intently on previous events and is perhaps disheartened. Jack becomes the foreground of the shot and fills most of the frame, but then Rose approaches in the background and is accompanied by low level, soft music being an audio code. The dress Rose is wearing immediately demonstrates when the film is set – 1912, when the actual Titanic sank. Rose approaches Jack as he tells her to close her eyes, which gives the audience anticipation of what Jack will do while her eyes are shut which draws the audience in. She is in the centre of the frame with Jack standing behind her. The music is still softly playing and the audience can hear Jack say “hold onto the railing.” This close up shot allows the audience to feel and understand the energy between Jack and Rose. There is another close up of Rose and

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