Imitation of Life
+ intro by film theorist Laura Mulvey
Lana Turner shines in Douglas Sirk’s moving rags-to-riches tale.
Dir Douglas Sirk
With Lana Turner, John Gavin, Juanita Moore
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.