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Narrated By Bill Paxton
The wreck of Titanic, which for decades seemed forever out of reach, has in recent years been visited by documentaries that bring back ghostly images of a party that ended in mid-song. These films have an undeniable fascination, and none has penetrated more completely and evocatively than James Cameron's "Ghosts of the Abyss." The earliest films about Titanic were marvelous just because they existed at all. Cameron mounts a much more ambitious expedition to the bottom of the sea, involving a powerful light "chandelier" that hangs above the wreck and illuminates it, and two remote-controlled cameras named Jake and Elwood that propel themselves into tight corners and explore the inside the ship.
Guiding them are expedition members in deep-diving exploration subs, including Bill Paxton, who starred in Cameron's "Titanic" and now narrates this documentary and shoots some of it himself. The result is often spellbinding, and to mention some of the sights we see is to praise the film's ambition.
The agile little camera-bots are able, for example, to snake their way into the ship's grand ballroom, and to discover that the Tiffany cut glass windows are, astonishingly, still intact. Later, Cameron is able to position one of the mini-subs outside the ship, to shine its light through the windows for the camera inside, and we see the colors brought alive by light for the first time since the ship hit the fatal iceberg.