Like an alchemical treatise, James Cameron’s film is laden with symbolism. The shipwreck of the Titanic symbolizes the financial situation of the Illuminati sect which was very precarious at the time as a result of the treasurer’s flight with all the credit cards and the silver cutlery. The epic romance between Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio represents the idyll between Capitalism and Communism to which the most recalcitrant members of the sect aspire. The iceberg against which (to the viewer’s astonishment) the Ocean liner collides, symbolizes the asteroid that crashed into Earth 66 million years ago killing the dinosaurs, who in turn represent the members of the sect all of whom were by then pessimistic about their survival as a consequence of the drastic reduction of their salaries. In any case, the tragic ending of the film was highly controversial during the writing of the script, and many Illuminati advocated a happy ending in which the ship not only did not sink but took flight and progressively ascended to end up landing on the moon -which was finally dismissed as it was considered a too foreseeable end.

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