The idea of ​​rebuilding the Titanic is a predicted sinking

The idea of ​​rebuilding the Titanic is a predicted sinking
The idea of ​​rebuilding the Titanic is a predicted sinking

In cinema, opportunistic sequels are rarely convincing. Titanic II looks like one of those bad B-movies that cut into the success of a first opus. Except that this is not a film. Australian billionaire Clive Palmer announced, on March 13, 2024, “the return of the Legend”, with the construction of a copy of the famous White Star Line liner.

The sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912 caused the disappearance of some 1,500 passengers. The drama had a significant impact on the mentalities of the time and it still continues to fuel more or less morbid passions. Kristie Patricia Flannery and Antoine Resche have explained at length the fascination that this ship continues to exert.

Clive Palmer is not the first to take on such a project. In 1998, the South African tycoon Sarel “Kobus” Gous took numerous steps and studies to rebuild the famous liner, going so far as to request the same shipyard in Belfast. In China, the Romandisea resort launched a similar venture in 2014, without however having the ambition to sail the replica. Near a bend in the Qijang River in Sichuan, the hull is clearly visible in its basin, but construction has been at a standstill for several years.

The story of Titanic goes beyond the simple British maritime heritage to become part of the great tragedies of the world. This is also one of the main successes of James Cameron’s 1997 film: the director captures the universal dimension of a relentless drama which affects different classes of society. Is the romance of defector Jack (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) the driving force behind these titanic fantasies?

We can reread the story of Titanic in different ways, appropriating it left and right; on the one hand see it as a theater of class struggle or the symbol of arrogant capitalism, of…

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