CINEMA: SETTLING ACCOUNTS

TITANIC'S DIRECTOR RESPONDS TO THE CHARGES ABOUT HIS FILM

The Titanic disaster spawned many myths and popular misconceptions in its time, and the film Titanic has done no less. This simple true-or-false guide should help clarify rumors and exaggerations.

The movie cost $285 million.

FALSE. The total cost is $200 million.

It is the most expensive film ever made.

TRUE, OR POSSIBLY FALSE. But this is the fourth time in a row that I have made a film that (rightly or wrongly) has been called the most expensive film ever made. In any event, many of our favorite epics from the '30s, '40s and '50s would cost more than Titanic...

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