The Chambermaid on the Titanic (1997)

  |  Drama, Romance

The Chambermaid on the Titanic (1997) Poster

An ordinary foundry worker fakes a love story between him and the chambermaid from RMS Titanic. When ship sinks and chambermaid probably dies, his story gains popularity. But lie always has its price.


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9 March 2017 | row333au
| what makes this a cult movie?
because this film is a poetry...

the developing prose of the story with the abstract implying ideas (specially the suggestive narrative story telling) that synchronize in the rhythmical scenes and intense drama of passion, along the scripts playing with language from polite to vulgar.... and then there's how it's filmed rich in emotion from all the characters even by the by-standers, with an almost accurate period movie where past early after turn of the 20th century we get to glimpse travel.... but at always this film remain or kept itself simplistic in style despite the intricate weaving and integrating of the art of old world romance, dark mystery movie and sarcastic humour in suppress comedy, while the drama of human conflicts and aspirations are all in one (it all depends on your receptors at the time of watching)... or very accessible to watch...

and then there is the way of how contrasting dimensional realities (but naturally looked at as life) becomes romantic even in the hindsight tragic of titanic (distasteful exploitation of as soon as that event happened)... and then on top of even another dimension is that the story is focus on the fantasy element - huge passionate erotic romantic narration that are all base to the "keep coming back to that ultimate one-night stand" which is the center of the plot....

For instance: life in the smelters or foundry, the peasantry lower working families of rural mining processor towns, the intrigues and the theatrics of salacious subject matter have driven the pheasant existence of workers who could only dream of what's life in opulence, of experiencing real passionate romantic escapade in the midst of luxury even as a servitude (instead of just daily toiling and working to meet the basic necessity in the back-draft of small rural factory town)... sexual passion with a sensual stranger in forms of flashbacks that make one wonder of life beyond the town.... the main character's fantasy is now the town's.... whereby it begins to represent the workers' escape of a humdrum life, as all they want is to be entertained with stories of concocted true events or fantastic lies well put together..... which really is the component (patronizing crowd audience) and what is binding to the elements (the story telling or narrative) of the film...

what really is surprising and very much what makes treasure of the film is between Olivier Martinez and Aitana Sanchez-Gijon chemistry and real genuine passion, that's hard to fake sensual romantic intensity, as much as naturally born sexiness, sex appeal and good looks cannot be faked either....

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Release Date:

14 August 1998


French, English

Country of Origin

France, Italy, Germany, Spain

Filming Locations

Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,902 16 August 1998

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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