Skip to comments.The 'Titanic' and 'Avatar': A Curious Obsession with Nazi Sympathizer Leni Riefenstahl
Posted on 04/22/2011 8:03:14 AM PDT by Olympiad Fisherman
Robert von Dassanowsky, the director of Film Studies at the University of Colorado, acutely noticed back in 2001 that James Cameron's epic movie Titanic is based on the German mountain films that Riefenstahl starred in. Although largely ignoring Riefenstahl's compromised relationship with the Nazis, von Dassanowsky makes a compelling case that Cameron's Titanic is a German mountain film set upon the sea ice of the North Atlantic.
Von Dassanowsky even went so far to strongly suggest that the heroine in the Titanic, Rose, is actually based on Riefenstahl's personal character. He then intimates that Cameron may have indeed directed the Titanic to show how Riefenstahl's untamed feminism eventually overcame her compromised relationship with the chauvinism of the Nazis, represented by her dictatorial fiancé on the ship, whom she never married. In the end, Riefenstahl, like Rose, redeemed herself from the dictatorial Nazi regime.
Even more startling, Cameron also borrowed from Nazi Germany's own version of the Titanic made in 1943. In the Nazi version, the hero of the story is a German officer who ...
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But my God, the man knows how to make movies. I didn't even realize it until I saw a list of his movies. I had no idea he had been involved in so many of my favorite movies, going back several decades. The man is just good at his job.
One way to master your craft is to look at predecessors and to learn from them. Everyone agrees that Riefenstahl was a great film maker. So Cameron studied and learned from her. What's the big deal?
I thought undersea UFOs destroyed the Titanic...
But the thesis ultimately fails due to one simple problem. The hero in Titanic was named "Jack", not "Jake". When faced with such elementary carelessness, I must give a failing grade.
Cameron stole his movie ideas from the nazis? What’s his next movie, TRIUMPH OF THE WILL, PART II starring Sean Penn?
Why should Leni Riefenstahl be excluded from all the directors that Cameron ripped off making Avatar?
...OR, perhaps a certain 'film studies' professor is bored and craves attention
Those films were referenced by Tarantino in Inglourious Basterds.
He took the idea for Terminator from an episode of The Outer Limits so...
So, Ms. Rienfenstahl one made a cartoon movie about a racially ambiguous little dude with an arrow on his head who wears robes like a buddhist monk and ‘bends’ air... or something?
Either that, or Godzilla — http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2704867/posts
Avatar without 3-D is a really so-so average movie with a Disney-like simplistic plot.
It does not appear that you have even bothered to read the article.
Everybody is influenced by everything. Well almost. Probably not a stretch to think that there is some influence. What’s a stretch it to take that idea and say it’s a conscious remake. That’s where things get ridiculous.
Take George Harrison and My Sweet Lord and the Chiffons’ He’s So Fine. I doubt George set out to consciously rewrite or steal He’s So Fine. But doubtless he had heard the song and somewhere along the line it stuck in his brain. I think that’s how most of these things work.
Yes, you are right about Jack.
They'eve been showing the film endlessly on HBO. Every time I'm flipping through the channels and Avatar appears on the screen, I think I'm looking at overgrown Smurfs. Really, the movie is too absurd to be taken seriously.
Knowing James Cameron’s green streak, this is not a stretch - far from it - it is the heart of the matter.
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