April 15, 2012

A Night to Remember (1958)

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the most famous maritime disaster in history. The most historically accurate of the many film depictions of the tragedy is undoubtedly A Night to Remember (1958).

A Night to Remember is a 1958 docudrama film adaptation of Walter Lord's book A Night to Remember (1955), recounting the final night of the RMS Titanic. It was adapted by Eric Ambler, directed by Roy Ward Baker, and filmed in the United Kingdom. The production team, supervised by producer William MacQuitty, used blueprints of the ship to accurately create the sets, while Titanic fourth officer Joseph Boxhall and ex-Cunard Commodore Harry Grattidge both worked as technical advisors on the film.

The film premiered in the United Kingdom on Tuesday 1 July 1958. Titanic survivor Elizabeth Dowdell attended the American première in New York on Tuesday December 16, 1958.

Among the many films about the Titanic, A Night to Remember has long been regarded as a high point by Titanic historians for its accuracy, despite its modest production values when compared with the 1997 Oscar-winning film Titanic.

(via Film Noir Photos & Wikipedia)


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