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Images mark anniversary of Titanic's sinking

By: Katherine Butler on April 2, 2012, 1:27 p.m.
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Photo: NOAA Central Library Historic Collections

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A history of books and film

The story of the sinking of Titanic has been retold through many articles, books and films. While more than 25 films have been made about the Titanic, the most recent notable one being James Cameron’s 1997 mega-hit "Titanic," which garnered 11 Academy Awards and grossed well over $1 billion. But Cameron was hardly the first filmmaker to capture the tragedy of the sinking. The first film to do so was "Saved from the Titanic," which premiered in 1912 a mere month after the sinking. It starred silent film star and Titanic survivor Dorothy Gibson and has since been lost. Several films followed, including a Nazi propaganda film in 1943 simply titled "Titanic," and Hollywood’s 1958 entry, "A Night to Remember." Pictured here is the cover of one of the initial offerings on Titanic's history, "The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters" by Logan Marshall, published in 1912.