In 1997, James Cameron’s Titanic set sail in theatres, and one of the world’s most breathtaking love stories was born.

Upon its original release, Titanic was celebrated for transporting audiences back in time, right into the belly of the R.M.S Titanic in all her glory and into the heart of a forbidden love affair entwined with the ship’s epic collision with human arrogance, nature and fate.

This spectacular blockbuster re-creates the ill-fated maiden voyage of the White Star Line’s $7.5 million R.M.S Titanic and the tragic sea disaster of April 15, 1912. Running over three hours and made with the combined contributions of two major studios (20th Century-Fox, Paramount) at a cost of more than $200 million, Titanic ranked as the most expensive film in Hollywood history at the time of its release,and became the most successful.

The movie tells the story of a seventeen-year-old aristocrat, expecting to be married to a rich claimant by her mother, who falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet shine in the timeless love story born of tragedy that created an international phenomenon as memorable as the legendary ‘ship of dreams’.

Almost instantly upon its release, Titanic became a cultural phenomenon, as its most iconic moments were etched into the popular imagination. Perhaps it was the way the ship seemed to become a microcosm of human life – a place where conflict and danger never ceased, yet neither did human resourcefulness, courage and hope.

Perhaps it was the sheer beauty of the connection between Jack and Rose, one that neither social conventions nor the ferocious power of nature itself could tear asunder. Perhaps it was the stunningly intricate details of the production that swept viewers into another world both never-before-seen and deeply real.


Another layer of Titanic’s resounding success became its music, with the expressive compositions of James Horner.

Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture is the soundtrack to the film of the same name composed, orchestrated and conducted by James Horner, which quickly blossomed into one of the best-selling albums of all times. Sony Classical released the soundtrack on November 18, 1997.

Riding the wave of the film’s immense success, the soundtrack shot to the top of the charts in nearly two-dozen territories, selling over 30 million copies, becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time, and the highest-selling primarily orchestral soundtrack ever.

Horner has composed for over 100 motion pictures, frequently collaborating with directors such as James Cameron and Ron Howard. Other scores include Avatar (the only film to surpass Titanic in box office sales), Braveheart, Aliens, Apollo 13, Star Trek II and more recently, The Amazing Spiderman.

Horner collaborated closely with Cameron to create something that eschewed sentimental conventions, yet still captured the shifts of the period, the starkness of the love story and the twin themes of human hubris and transcendent courage.

With a mix of synthesizer, choral vocals and orchestra, Horner fused an emotional connection not only between Rose and Jack but also between their story and audiences the world over.

Audiences worldwide echoed Hollywood’s appreciation of Horner’s musical score as the CD release became the best-selling orchestral soundtrack in history.

Moreover, its lead single, “My Heart Will Go On” performed by Celine Dion was the biggest selling single of 1998, winning Record Of The Year at the 1999 Grammy ® Awards.

Céline Dion, who was no stranger to movie songs in the 1990s, sang “My Heart Will Go On”, the film’s signature song written by James Horner and Will Jennings.

“My Heart Will Go On” became a worldwide smash hit; going to the top of the music charts around the world and was soon indelibly entwined with memories from the film.

“My Heart Will Go On” also ended up winning the 1997 Academy Award for Best Original Song as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1998.

Saturday June 22, 2019
7:30pm | Festival doors open 5:00pm

William Rolland Stadium
California Lutheran University