A Night to Remember by Walter LordFirst published in 1955, A Night to Remember remains a completely riveting account of the Titanics fatal collision and the behavior of the passengers and crew, both noble and ignominious. Some sacrificed their lives, while others fought like animals for their own survival. Wives beseeched husbands to join them in lifeboats; gentlemen went taut-lipped to their deaths in full evening dress; and hundreds of steerage passengers, trapped below decks, sought help in vain.
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The production team, supervised by producer William MacQuitty, used blueprints from the ship to recreate sets, and Titanic 's fourth officer, Joseph Boxhall and ex-Cunard Commodore Harry Grattidge both worked as technical advisors on the film. The film was also unique in the fact that there were no fictional subplots. All the characters were historical people. The Titanic was the largest vessel afloat, and was believed to be unsinkable. Her passengers included the cream of American and British society.
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The book was hugely successful, and is still considered a definitive resource about the Titanic. Lord interviewed 63 survivors of the disaster as well as drawing on books, memoirs, and articles that they had written. In , Lord authored his follow-up book, The Night Lives On , following renewed interest in the story after the wreck of the Titanic was discovered by Robert Ballard. The film based on the book and with advice from Lord, was released in Lord also served as a consultant to Canadian film director James Cameron while he was making his film Titanic in Lord traveled on the RMS Olympic , Titanic ' s sister ship, when he was a boy and the experience gave him a lifelong fascination with the lost liner.
A Night to Remember. Roy Ward Baker min. U Certificate. Review Our Score. While this drama about the sinking of the Titanic can't compete in terms of spectacle with James Cameron's multi-million-dollar blockbuster, it still manages to present the facts of the disaster in a deeply moving and compelling manner.