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PAGE 12 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 28, 2017 ABOUT THIS & THAT with Daniel A. DiCenso Saved from the Titanic ... But Not a Studio Fire Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED One of the few surviving stills from Saved from the Titanic. Not one month had gone by since the H.M.S Titanic struck an iceberg off of Newfound- land and sunk beneath the icy waters of the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912, that France's Eclair Film Company capital- ized on the disaster by making it into a movie. Inevitably, the reception was both stirring but uncomfortable. Nonetheless, the loss of all copies of Saved from the Titanic after a studio fire in March of 1914 has made it something of an enigma for shipwreck buffs. Indeed, while the film included many fabrications, it did serve as something of a documenta- tion of the event, l~clair Film Company producer Jule Bru- latour spliced in actual footage of the ill-fated ship's Captain Edward Smith as well as foot- age of the survivors arriving in New York. Most importantly, it starred Dorothy Gibson, an early American starlet, this time playing her final and most unique role: herself, for she was one of the twenty-eight Titanic survivors aboard the first life- boat. As a curious bonus, she would wear the same dress she was wearing on the night the great ship went down. Gibson had boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg with a First Class ticket after a vaca- tion in France. Accompany- ing her was her mother, who would also survive the wreck. The mother and daughter were up late on the fateful night playing bridge. This late game would prove to be their salva- tion as they were wide awake when they felt the impact of the iceberg. Gibson rushed to the deck, observed the damage, returned to retrieve her mother and the two made their way into lifeboat number seven. Gibson returned to New York traumatized by her ordeal but nonetheless agreed to partici- pate in the film when it was sug- gested by her lover, Brulatour himself. In Gibson's own words, she chose to make the fill as an "opportunity to pay tribute to those who gave their lives on that awful night." The ten-minute fill, consist- ing of a fictionalized biography of Ms. Gibson, as well as some actual footage of survivors l Iappy lnnit ersary to the Post-Gazette KELLEY SQUARE PUB / 84Bennington Street / East Boston, MA 02128 / ] [ 617-567-4627 * 617-567:3080 I Function Room Available for Private Parties THOMAS ZAZZARA 617.227.1109 Fax 617.227.5398 188 NORTH STREET - P.O. BOX 130143 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 02113 filmed by Brulatour himself, was completed in a week and released on May 14, 1912. The reviews reflect the con- flicted nature of critics observ- ing a film company capitalizing on a disaster while families of the victims were still in mourn- ing. On the one hand, there was this from The Moving Pic- ture World, "Miss Gibson had hardly recovered from her ter- rible strain in the wreck when she was called upon to take part in this new piece, which she constructed as well. It was a nerve-racking task, but like actresses before the footlights, this beautiful young cinematic star valiantly conquered her own feelings and went through the work. A surprising and artistically perfect reel has resulted." And this from the New York Dramatic Mirror, "The bare idea of undertaking to reproduce in a studio, no matter how well- equipped, .or by re-enacted sea scenes an event of the appalling character of the Titanic disaster, with its 1,600 victims, is revolt- ing, especially at this time when the horrors of the event are so fresh in mind. And that a young woman who came so lately, with her good mother, safely through the distressing scenes can now bring herself to commercialize her good fortune by the grace of God, is past understanding." No one felt the conflict more strongly than Dorothy Gibson herself. After Saved from the Titanic she withdrew from act- ing, her post-traumatic stress getting worse with each passing year. As the Harrisburg Leader reported, "She had practically lost her reason; by virtue of the terrible strain she had been under to graphically portray her part." Iappy lnniversary FUNERAL HOME, INC. 814 American Legion Highway Roslindale, MA 617-325-7300 J.M. MECHANICAL SERVICES, IHC. 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NOTE: When I prepare this vine-ripened tomato salad today, I often think about growing up in Boston's North End. Fresh vine-ripened tomatoes were only available for sale during mid-summer. However, from springtime to fall, during those depression days, we experienced the sight and fragrances of "container gardens" resting on our fire escapes and roof areas. My friends and I saw tomatoes grow from the small yellow blossoms that appeared on the tomato plants in these containers. Some North Enders rented gardening lots in Revere or Wobum to grow their tomatoes, vegetables and herbs. I waited patiently for tomatoes and cucumbers to be harvested from my parent's garden lot in Silver Lake, Wilmington, MA. Mama served us the fresh tomato salad for lunch many times together with our fresh bread, some cheese and roasted black olives. We also enjoyed the salad with suppers of baked poultry or meats. The Accidental Pope (Continued from Page 9) really an exposition about the Flynn recently completed the responsibility of the leader of screenplay and hopes it will find the Church or about the role its way to the screen. The Acc/- of religion in the world, but dental Pope is a story not unlike rather about the challenges and events occurring in the world setbacks people face and their today. It is an entertaining and determination to overcome them. intriguing account of one man The Accidental Pope certainly who, because of an accidental has elements of good story tell- election to a most powerful of- ing -- after all, it is a novel and rice, becomes not only a voice was on the Best Seller list. But morality, but also someone in- now it also parallels events that volved with helping to address-- have shaped and continue toand occasionally solve-- some of shape our world. The papacythe problems of the world, and of Francis is being defined as as a result becomes himself an one in which the Vicar of Christ international target. on Earth focuses his attention An international political not only on inequality in the thriller to be sure -- and one Third World (comprising both that just might make the next economic and health-relatedcinematic hit! concerns), but also on the ne- John Joseph Fahey has been a cessity of social justice and the long time Arts and Theater critic. expansive spread of violence due to radical fundamentalism. The fictional Peter II in The LEGAL NOTICE Accidental Pope also speaks of these issues -- and travels to locations where, while putting himself at risk, he makes a dif- ference. His travels, addresses, and the discourse that they provoke bring to the forefront crucial concerns and topics con- fronting the twenty-first century. The Accidental Pope would make a great motion picture; I.... ....... .............. ,hat I Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI17P3538EA Estate of CHARLES A. TASHJIAN, JR. Also Known As CHARLES ABRAHAM TASHJIAN, JR. Data of Death March 26, 2017 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Richard Tarvezian of Watertown, MA, a Will has been admitted to informal probate. Richard Tarvezian of Watertown, BA has been informally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Repre- sentative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders ter- minating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal pro- cedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 7/28/17