Titanic: forget Jack & Rose, here’s the REAL love story! – Movie news

The deadly romance between Rose and Jack on James Cameron’s Titanic has brought tears to the eyes of hundreds of millions of viewers around the world. But there is another love story in the film, one that is real, and just as touching …

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If James Cameron’s Titanic has long been unsinkable on the world box office side, at least until the man in question succeeds himself in Avatar, the legendary ship has sharply denied its reputation as an unsinkable by sinking. on the night of April 14 to 15, 1912, less than three hours after colliding with an iceberg.

Sinking to the depths of the icy waters, it drifted to 3843 meters deep, 650 km south-east of Newfoundland. Between 1490 and 1520 people died, making this event, whose 110th anniversary is celebrated today, one of the biggest maritime disasters in peacetime and the biggest in time. France channel 5 also offers a documentary on it tonight, Titanic: autopsy on shipwreck.

Since the year of Cameron’s film’s release, 24 years ago, we thought it logical that you should see it, and definitely shed warm tears in the face of the tragic love affair stifled by fate between Rose and Jack.

But if hundreds of millions of viewers are hurt by the fate of their newly begun romance, which ultimately involves two fictional characters, the “real” love story may not be there. where we need it …

You probably remember this sad sequence in which a couple elderly passengers, lying on the bed in their hut, await death as ice water invades all the corridors and cabins. All the music – hurtful too – in My God is closer to you

Follow the emotion below. Get the handkerchiefs …

Extremely strict and concerned with reality, the filmmaker abounds in his film with perfectly realistic characters and realistic sequences, such as the one in which the ship’s captain, Edward J. Smith, refuses to leaving the ship and sinking control of his liner.

The misfortune of wealthy passengers

The elderly, hugging couple was none other than Ida and Isador Straus. From German origins and married in 1871, the couple emigrated to the United States where they acquired their fortune. Isidor Straus, among other things, is one of the owners of Macy’s department stores, but is also a representative of New York State’s 15th district in the United States Congress. Coincidentally he and his wife found themselves traveling aboard the Titanic, first class, more.

After a trip to Europe and Germany, the couple had to return to New York by taking another liner, the RMS Olympics, which is more moderate in size than the Titanic. But the ship’s departure was delayed, so Strauss changed their plans to get a ticket for the Titanic’s first voyage.

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

When the evacuation order was announced, priority was given to women and children. Older and more first -class passengers, the Strauss has a chance to get through, even if the ship doesn’t provide enough lifeboats …

Paul A. Kurzman, great -grandson of the couple, recount this family memory in 2017 : “My great-grandfather Ida boarded the lifeboat hoping her husband would follow. When he didn’t follow her, he 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 ride the lifeboat with your wife. “

But Isidor Straus refuses to board the lifeboat, as long as “Every woman and child on the ship is not on the boat”. His wife understood: if he had to die, he would die with her. “We’ve had forty amazing years together, if you don’t want to get on that boat, then neither do I.” He allegedly told her, according to the account of his servant Ellen Bird, who survived the tragedy.

The sequence will also be taken with a film scene, which will eventually be cut during editing. “Wherever you go, I’ll go! Don’t argue with me, Isidor, you know it’s useless”.

Thus Ellen Bird takes her place on the lifeboat, carrying her mistress’s fur on her shoulders, the last farewell gift: “I don’t need to. Take it to the lifeboat to keep you warm until you’re safe” Ida Straus told him.

The couple was last seen on the deck of the Titanic, holding hands, before they were swept away by the waves of the sunken ship. Contrary to what James Cameron shows in his film, and even though his images are very emotionally strong, they don’t die clinging to the bed in their hut. Isidor’s body will be fished out a few days later, but his wife’s body has never been found. Neither by John Farthing, their butler.

Their deaths will be headlines in the United States, like this headline from the Denver Post dated April 19, 1912 : “Mr & Ms Straus dipped in arms wrapped”. The bodies of Isidor Straus will be buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in New York. Ellen Bird, their assistant, died in 1949.

A unique bronze funeral sculpture in honor of the couple, created by the acclaimed American artist. Henry Augustus Lukemanlocated 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 celebrated:

Luigi Novi/ Wikimedia Commons/ CC BY 3.0

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