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Big screen classics

Imitation of Life

Lana Turner shines in Douglas Sirk’s moving rags-to-riches tale.

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USA 1959
Dir Douglas Sirk
With Lana Turner, John Gavin, Juanita Moore
124min
35mm
Certificate 12A

Sirk’s final Hollywood feature is a remake of John Stahl’s film of Fannie Hurst’s novel about two single mothers, one white, one black, striving together in a man’s world. It focuses, with typically sharp irony and intelligence, on issues of racial prejudice and inequality, thus influencing another aspect of Fear Eats the Soul. The rags-to-riches dynamic is brilliantly undercut in the film’s later scenes.

The screening on Wednesday 5 April 18:00 will be introduced by film theorist Laura Mulvey.

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