Imitation Of Life
USA, 1959, 125 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Archival, Drama, Family Issues, Social Issues, Womens Issues
Presented as part of the HELP WANTED series in Partnership with One Book, One Denver
Archival 35mm presentation - In Douglas Sirk's emotionally and visually extravagant final film, Lana Turner is Lora Meredith, an aspiring actress and single mother who meets Annie Johnson, a black and similarly single and struggling mother. The two women move in together and face a huge challenge as they try to raise their children -- especially Annie's daughter, who, favoring her extremely fair-skinned father, slowly comes to resent her mother's black identity.
DIRECTOR: Douglas Sirk
Principal Cast: Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner, Juanita Moore
US Distributor: Universal Pictures