How many times have you watched Kate and Leo on that door, and shed a few tears as you yell at onscreen Leo, begging him to stay? James Cameron's Titanic became a global blockbuster in 1997. But did you know there was yet another Titanic movie made in 1912, only 30 days after the ship itself actually sank? This video dives into the bizarre backstory of the silent film and the actress who survived the real-life sinking only to re-live the trauma on screen.
In the early 20th century, Dorothy Gibson was an American model and actress who'd starred in films like The Easter Bonnet and Hands Across The Sea. While on a European vacation in the spring of 1912, movie director Jules Brulatour entreated her to return to America to work on two films. She acquiesced, booking transatlantic passage on the ocean liner Titanic.
Of course, that journey was fated to be a disaster. Luckily for Gibson, however, her lifeboat was one of the first launched, and she survived. Her studio almost immediately urged her to film a movie about the disaster — Saved From The Titanic — and they began production of the film just days after the tragedy.
Gibson herself starred in the film, and the actual dress she wore while she was escaping was used as a costume. Exactly one month to the day after the sinking of the Titanic, the 10-minute silent feature was released. But where's the film now? Watch the video below for a rare glimpse at Saved From The Titanic and to learn more about the controversial film.