Imitation of Life (1959)
First screened in April 1998 / Most recently screened in February 2003
Director: Douglas Sirk. Cast: Lana Turner, Juanita Moore, Susan Kohner, Sandra Dee, John Gavin, Terry Burnham, Karin Dicker, Robert Alda, Dan O'Herlihy, Troy Donahue, Jack Weston, Sandra Gould, David Tomack, Lee Goodman, Mahalia Jackson. Screenplay: Eleanore Griffin and Allan Scott (based on the novel by Fannie Hurst).

Twitter Capsule: Steel trap coated in syrup. Whiteness, wealth, adolescence catch their reflections in a gilded mirror and weep.

VOR:   Celebrated and sometimes infamous, Imitation is the rare 50s melodrama to secure cinephiles' reverence and popular adoration. A rich cultural text and luxurious entertainment.



Photo © 1959 Universal Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. A–


Academy Award Nominations:
Best Supporting Actress: Susan Kohner
Best Supporting Actress: Juanita Moore

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Supporting Actress: Susan Kohner
Best Supporting Actress: Juanita Moore

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