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Necroposting to the extreme right now.

But I think I love the above poster.

EDIT: And oh, look...it started a whole new page and everything. #-o Great.

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Post TITANIC and Storytelling
ShadowInTheWings wrote:
The second option... doesn't have a cute, hyphenated name. This one tells a much broader story, but with less depth. We learn about more people, their stories, who they were. And this one is more historically accurate, generally, as when you tell about many people, you are able to make the story fits the facts. When you read historical accounts of the sinking (as I have, exhautively), they are mostly told in the large ensemble way. Yes, a lot of focus is often placed on Captain Smith and J. Bruce Ismay, and several of the more influential passengers. You get more stories, but less of a chance to become very invested in them. I believe this option takes much greater storytelling; rather than having 3 hours to tell me why I should care about someone dying, you have, say 10 minutes, or maybe even only one song.
Both forms of story-telling have pros and cons.

I read this with interest, as I've always looked at the musical Titantic as the "Robert Altman" way of telling the story. I don't think it's necessarily true that one merely becomes less invested in the stories because of the way the storytelling is accomplished. The difference is that it empowers the audience with a greater choice as to which stories they invest in. One is not co-erced into investing in one particular character or couple's story. I, for example, find the whole arc of Bride's character very interesting and feel completely invested in what happens to him. For somebody else, that character may be Barrett or Kate or Alice Beane. It's about shifting the way that one invests in the characters, rather than eliminating any kind of investment whatsoever.

Certainly the challenge of this kind of story-telling is striking a balance between the characters and making them all distinguishable from one another. I think Titanic is largely successful, with perhaps this exception: Charles Clarke and Caroline Neville. I don't feel that they are developed well enough, particularly in the score. Like everyone else, they get little vignettes, but these seem less substantial than those given to other characters, and then suddenly Charles gets the most beautiful verse of "We'll Meet Tomorrow". But have these characters earned it? I'm not convinced. Instead of coming fully into their own, they seem like the other second class couple - the one that isn't Edgar and Alice.

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^ I couldn't agree more about Charles and Caroline. :) Well put, David!

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MusicaAngelica wrote:
Not just kind of. IT'S AN INCREDIBLY COOL SHOW!!!!!!!!! I would be in the show again in a SECOND!!!!! :D


Is it better than the Movie, IYO?


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which movie? there have been about 6.

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DAWN. :D

As far as the James Cameron movie goes, I think the musical is waaaay better. Way way WAY better. But that's just me.

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