Imitation of Life (Black History Month film)

October 18

Douglas Sirk’s iconic masterpiece about race, class and gender in the 1950s. An aspiring actress with a 6 year old daughter arranges to live with a black widow and her 8 year old light-skinned daughter. Voted 37th best US movie in 2015 survey of film critics, received 2 Oscar nominations in 1960.

‘Among the most closely analysed films in the Hollywood canon, a Lana Turner soap opera turned into an exercise in metaphysical formalism by Sirk’s finely textured and densely layered images.’ NY Times.


Juanita Moore and Lana Turner

Film Information

Title Imitation of Life (Black History Month film)
Directed by Douglas Sirk
Country USA
Genre Drama
Classification U
Running Time 124 mins
Release Year 1959
Subtitles No
Colour Yes
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