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Twenty Years Later Singer Celine Dion Offers Her Thoughts On The Famous Door Scene From Titanic

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By Ben Robinson III

In 1997 theaters were flooded with tears as moviegoers flocked to see the tragic love story of Jack and Rose in the groundbreaking film Titanic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates. The movie shattered box office records at the time by grossing over six hundred million dollars in domestic markets and over a billion dollars internationally. One of the biggest draws of the film was certainly attributed to pop singer Celine Dion's heartfelt performance of the main theme from the movie, the touching ballad 'My Heart Will Go On'

There was no denying the allure of the film, which captured audiences with its distinct re-telling of the ill-fated RMS Titanic which hit an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic ocean over a hundred years ago in 1912. At the time critics gave the film the highest of praise, with famed movie critic Roger Ebert writing;

The image from the Titanic that has haunted me, ever since I first read the story of the great ship, involves the moments right after it sank. The night sea was quiet enough so that cries for help carried easily across the water to the lifeboats, which drew prudently away.

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Still dressed up in the latest fashions, hundreds froze and drowned. What an extraordinary position to find yourself in after spending all that money for a ticket on an unsinkable ship.

Ebert's eerie description marks one of the most painfully beautiful scenes of the film where young lovers Jack (DiCaprio) and Rose (Winslet) are spending their last moments together in the aftermath of the ship's sinking. Surrounded by cries for help and the frozen bodies of other passengers Rose lies propped upon a wooden door, holding Jack's hand until she slips out of consciousness, awakening to the worse possible outcome.

As touching as the scene was in the many years since the film's release many people are now reconsidering the scene altogether. They now question "Why didn't they take turns on the door?" Even actress KeKe Palmer offered her ideas about the scene, claiming that they both could have planned better to survive the tragedy together. However, Showbiz Cheatsheet reports that Dion has a different point of view regarding the fate of the two characters. And she believes that what happened was the most accurate portrayal.

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During a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show Dion was asked the infamous question of whether Jack and Rose could have survived together and she wasn't ready to become a part of the newest popular internet debate.

Dion was initially hesitant about answering, telling Fallon: “Don’t put me in trouble.” However, after Fallon pressed her to give an answer to the debate, she pointed out that there could have been a good reason why Rose did not think to move over. “First off all… Rose is maybe dead or totally frozen, and she’s not quite there, okay?” Dion said. She joked that perhaps Jack wouldn’t even need an “invitation” to go lie next to Rose, but ultimately, Jack’s body most likely was also in such a bad condition that it would have been impossible for him to get up on the raft.

This just goes to show how much the film still affects fans over twenty years later with its visual storytelling and tale of two people whose love was truly beautiful.

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