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What Chinese Audiences of 'Titanic 3D' Won't Get to See

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When the 1997 blockbuster Titanic was released in China this week in all its dazzling, three-dimensional glory, the film was missing something. Two things, really.

Worry not. Chinese audiences are still being taken on the thrilling roller coaster ride that was the very real-life terror of human beings perishing in the deadliest maritime disaster in peacetime history.

No, they won’t be denied a digitally-enhanced beat of action in scenes where panicked steerage passengers drowned to death. Or those in which the more privileged classes succumbed to the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean. They’ll still get to “ooh” and “ahh” at the same sort of unspeakable tragedy that doomed an Italian cruise liner not three months ago.

Of all the offensive spectacles on which this Twentieth Century Fox (NWS)/Paramount Pictures (VIA) re-release casts a 3D spotlight, Kate Winslet’s breasts are somehow the ones that have been censored by the Chinese government.

In the famous scene where Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) sketches the nude body of the supple and supine Rose (Kate Winslet) in her cabin, Chinese audiences now only get to see a close-up of Winslet, above the neck.

“Considering the vivid 3D effects, we fear that viewers may reach out their hands for a touch and thus interrupt other people’s viewing. To avoid potential conflicts between viewers and out of consideration of building a harmonious ethical social environment, we’ve decided to cut off the nudity scenes,” according to an official at China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television.

But there’s also something lacking in the 3D version that audiences worldwide won’t have the benefit of experiencing. Even the king of modern 3D, James Cameron, with his 300 Stereo D artists and $18 million budget, couldn’t add another dimension of depth to Titanic’s sappy, melodramatic romance.
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