The British Film Institute is marking the centenary of the Titanic disaster with a season of Titanic films. Showings at London’s BFI Southbank cinema in April will include Atlantic, made in England in 1929; the infamous “Nazi” Titanic, produced as anti-British propaganda in Germany in 1943, on orders from Joseph Goebbels, which will form a double bill with the 1912 silent melodrama In Nacht und Eis; the first Hollywood Titanic, released in 1953; and the 1958 British docudrama A Night to Remember. The new 3D version of James Cameron’s 1997 Titanic will be shown at the nearby BFI IMAX. I’ll be posting dates for each showing when they’re confirmed.
Potentially the most interesting event of all is Hitchcock’s Titanic Project, a talk by Professor Charles Barr on April 11. Alfred Hitchcock was originally scheduled to make his Hollywood directorial debut with a Titanic movie in 1939. He called it a “marvellously dramatic subject for a motion picture”, but the film was never made. Professor Barr will show a sequence edited from his other work to illustrate how it might have looked.