Imitation of Life*

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Imitation of Life*

  • 1959 ----- color ----- 124 min ----- vhs
  • (Directed by Douglas Sirk, screenplay by Eleanore Griffin, Allan Scott based on the novel by Fannie Hurst; with Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Dan O'Herlihy, Susan Kohner, Robert Alda, Juanita Moore) As directed by Douglas Sirk, this second screen version of Fannie Hurst's emotionally-charged story about two widows and their troubled daughters overcomes possible soapiness to make it quite credible and moving. Turner is Lora, whose search for success as an actress causes her to neglect her daughter, Sandra Dee. Juanita Moore is Lora's black housekeeper whose daughter repudiates her mother by trying to pass for white. As the years pass, each of the four women realizes that she has been living out an emotionally fruitless existence. (Funded by the Department of Comparative Literature) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (American Ethnic Studies: Afro-American, Family Life, Literature: American, Motion Pictures: Features, Women Studies)