Does (did) Cameron acknowledge that he used A Night To Remember as a template for much of Titanic?
I just finished the Criterion Blu-Ray of A Night To Remember, and - though I've seen it before - was struck by how similar some of the scenes and dialogue are.
I realize both come from the same historical source, so similarities will exist, but there are some shot-for-shot and line-by-line matches.
--Ismay sheepishly looking over his shoulder in the boat watching the ship go down.
--Andrews comtemplating the mantle clock as his last rite.
--Andrews offering survival advice to a young couple shortly before his demise
--The captain returning to the wheel house just before it floods
The sinking sequence of A Night To Remember could almost be an animatic for Titanic.
Cameraon may attest to this - I don't recall...