The protagonists of what was the highest grossing film of all time worked together again a decade later, but not under the baton of James Cameron.
Thinking of Leonard DiCaprio and Kate Winslet will always be associated with a single movie, titanicbut the truth is that, although we always forget that it exists, the actors, who are great friends in real life, starred in another feature film 10 years later. Again as a couple in love.
It happened in 2008, but not under the baton of James Cameron, which would have been quite a coincidence, but under that of Sam Mendes, in Revolutionary Road, a romantic drama adaptation of a 1961 Richard Yates novel of the same name. In it, DiCaprio and Winslet shared the bill with some familiar faces such as Michael Shannon, an Oscar nominee for his work in the film, and the veteran Kathy Bates, but also with others whose popularity was not soaring then but is now, like Kathryn Hahn (Scarlet Witch and Vision) and David Harbor (stranger things).
A curiosity about the new joint work of Winslet and DiCaprio, is that the unforgettable Rose and Jack of titanic they met again in a period film. However, while the extremely famous film by James Cameron was set in 1912, the year in which the Titanic sank,It takes place in the mid 50’s. Furthermore, if in titanic we witness the falling in love between two young strangers cut short by tragedy, in Mendes’s film we get to see the actors in the shoes of an already established marriage, which is facing a serious crisis.
In Revolutionary Road Oscar winner for The Revenant stars as Frank Wheeler, a dock worker with many dreams who meets the woman of his life, a young aspiring actress named April, played by the Oscar winner for Reader. After getting married and having two children, The Wheelers are the perfect couple in everyone’s eyes, but inside they face a heartbreaking reality: they have both given up on their dreams and are not happy. with his decision to have started a family.
The film by the director of Road to Perdition, 1917 and American Beauty moves away from conventional romanticism to instead build an apparently perfect but absolutely bitter and resentful love story in which DiCaprio and Winslet give a brilliant performance that is also a far cry from the one they starred in under the orders of Cameron.
Interestingly, get ahead Revolutionary Road It was a long and complex path that, if it had been completed in its first steps, would have taken place long before titanic in 1997. As soon as Yates’s novel was published in 1961, various industry figures showed interest in making a film, but finally the author, who was very interested in seeing his work adapted, died without seeing his wish come true. Years later, with the project sitting on the shelf for decades, the adaptation rights were bought by BBC Films and it began to take shape. In 2008, at last, it was a reality, with mostly positive reviews and a discreet collection, but in no case could it be considered a failure.
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We always forget it exists, but Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet got back together 10 years after ‘Titanic’ in a movie that took 40 years to make.