Just 29 days after the Titanic sank, a silent film was released chronicling the event. It starred Dorothy Gibson, an actress who had survived the sinking. To add to the film’s authenticity, she wore the same clothes that she had worn on the night of the disaster.

Saved from the Titanic

Saved from the Titanic is a 1912 American silent motion picture short starring Dorothy Gibson, an American film actress who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912. Premiering in the United States just 29 days after the event, it is the earliest dramatization of the tragedy.

Gibson had been one of 28 people aboard the first lifeboat to be launched from Titanic and was rescued about five and a half hours after leaving the ship. On returning to New York City, she co-wrote the script and played a fictionalized version of herself. The plot involves her recounting the story of the disaster to her fictional parents and fiancé, with the footage interspersed with stock footage of icebergs, Titanic’s sister ship Olympic and the… Continue Reading (8 minute read)

5 thoughts on “Just 29 days after the Titanic sank, a silent film was released chronicling the event. It starred Dorothy Gibson, an actress who had survived the sinking. To add to the film’s authenticity, she wore the same clothes that she had worn on the night of the disaster.”

  1. Genoscythe_

    It’s really bizarre to think about the Titanic in terms of what a unique moment it was for popular culture, that an entire boat filled with the creme of society, politicians, magnates, celebrity artists, etc., sank, and the media got to spend months gossiping over who did what, who was a coward and who was a hero, based in large part on the testimony of famous journalists who were also there.

  2. Chess01

    That seems a bit insensitive, but hey it was 1912! PTSD didn’t exist yet, right?

  3. AnotherJasonOnReddit

    Daniel Day Lewis is so jealous right now

  4. scollaysquare

    If Pres Taft had his own personal copy of the film, maybe it’s still kicking around the White House somewhere and it’s not really “lost”. Would love to see it.

  5. perfectly-imbalanced

    Damn it says the film is lost from a fire. Shame no one took care of old films until several decades later

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