Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron

Synopsis: Engineers, architects and historians are assembled to examine why the Titanic sank, using new technology that has come to light since James Cameron's film Titanic (1997).
Genre: Documentary
120 min

Iceberg, right ahead!

This is the part

of Titanic's story we all know.


But what happened to Titanic

after the last eyewitness

saw her slip beneath the surface?

Titanic is

the perfect unsolved murder mystery.

It hit there, but then it kind of whiplashes

when it hits the ground back here.

What happened

in the final minutes of the ship?

How did it break up? How did it fall?

How did it hit the bottom?

Why did she sink so fast?

Could more lives have been saved?

Did I get the details right

in the feature film?

No, I'm talking about the sinking,

the way you depicted the sinking.

We didn't do it 'cause we didn't know.

For the first time ever,

I've gathered all the evidence

and eight of the world's

leading Titanic experts

all together, in one place.

Some have been to the wreck,

some approach it through the testimony,

some approach it

through the physical forensics.

We respectfully disagree.

CAMERON". No one gets out of this room

until we piece together, once and for all,

what happened in Titanic's final minutes.

We're going to argue.

I guarantee it. It'll get heated.


Coincidence? There's no coincidence.

There's no such thing as coincidence.

- I agree.


Now, on the 100th anniversary

of the tragedy,

fifteen years after the film's initial release,

it's time for the final word

on what really happened to Titanic.

MAN 1:
Mir I, Mir I. Jake is coming out

of his search. Over.

MAN 2:
Here he comes. He's out.

I feel like I've lived on Titanic

certainly much longer than

any of the people who were

actually involved in the event did.

I've got it ingrained in my memory.

I could walk the ship in my sleep.

Keep lowering!

When I see the model,

it just brings back to me all those nights

of shooting with the crowds,

running and screaming up the decks.


Then going back to one

and doing it all again.

See you in the sunshine.

For me, filmmaking comes out of my desire

to explore unknown worlds.

You want to see Titanic on the sonar?

Check this out, bro.

You're gonna love this.

I wanted to dive the wreck

more than I wanted to make the movie.

Diving the wreck was

my way into the story.

- There she is, baby.

- MAN:
Oh, yeah.

It's a dream come true for me.

Titanic does not give up her secrets easily.

The more you work on this,

the more you can bring it into focus

and fill in the gaps.

And there are some enigmas.

is like a fractal,

the closer you get to it,

the more you see completely new patterns.

There have been a lot of ideas,

a lot of theories.

It's time to just say,

"This is what really happened,

to the best of our collective knowledge."

This shouldn't be all sort of nicey-nicey,

blowing pink smoke around.

Let's beat it up.

That's the best way to

arrive at an answer that makes sense.

My Titanic:
dream team includes

Ken Marschaii, artist, visual historian.

P. H. Nargeolet, explorer,

Underwater Operations, RMS Titanic.

Bill Sauder, historian,

Director of Research, RMS Titanic.

Parks Stephenson,

Naval Systems Engineer.

Don Lynch, Chief Historian

of the Titanic Historical Society.

Dave Gallo, Director of Special Projects

at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Commander Jeffrey Stettler,

Naval Architect, US Naval Academy.

Brian Thomas, Coast Guard Naval Architect

and Salvage Engineer.

We have the team and the tools.

From hundreds of hours

of my expedition dive footage,

to deck plans and survivor testimony,

we're going to take all we learned

and create a new visualization

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Tony Gerber

Tony Gerber is an American filmmaker and the co-founder of Market Road Films, an independent production company. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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