Special effects are absolutely marvelous and the scenes of shipboard panic and mayhem absolutely riveting, the sets are superb, the costumes startling, and the acting dazzlingly charismatic. Nielsen hugs audience sympathy as the harassed Petersen, Miss Schmitz (despite a long dark wig that is a trifle disconcerting) transforms realistically from riches-into- rescuer, while the stunningly-gowned Heiberg limns the most decorative of high-class vamps and the evil-visaged Wernicke makes a human figure of the luckless Captain Smith. And a special applause to Jolly Marée who performs the sexiest dance number, setting a standard by which all others will now be measured. It, also, appears that James Cameron ""borrowed"" a number of concepts/ideas from this movie.
Selpin's driving, pacey direction, boosted by Behn-Grund's splendid camera-work nails home every hideously fascinating detail of this most terrible of maritime tragedies.