Imitation of Life1959
Imitation of Life (1959)
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as Lora Meredith
as Annie Johnson
as Steve Archer
as Susie (age 16)
as David Edwards
as Sarah Jane (age 18)
as Allen Loomis
as Sarah Jane (age 8)
as Suzie (age 6)
as Young Man
as Show Girl
as Burly Man
as Fat Man
as Geraldine Moore
as Preston Mitchell
as Furniture Mover
Critic Reviews for Imitation of Life
Sirk unleashed a melodramatic torrent of rage at the corrupt core of American life-the unholy trinity of racism, commercialism, and puritanism.
The toughest-minded, most irresolvable movie ever made about race in this country.
Imitation of Life is still a potent onion. When passed before the moviegoer's eyes, it may force theater owners to install aisle scuppers to drain off the tears.
While this device lends more scope, it also results in the overdone busy actress/neglected daughter conflict.
This modernized remake of Miss Hurst's frankly lachrymose tale is much the same as its soggy predecessor. It is the most shameless tear-jerker in a couple of years.
Audience Reviews for Imitation of Life
A lavish, touching melodrama that remains always focused and held together even when trying to flesh out the personal conflicts of so many characters - which it does in a way that is quite realistic and sincere despite how in the end Sirk tries way too hard to force us into tears.
A sweet and sour pie of the morality and values of it's time. Tasty, colorful in the outside, with so much hipocrisy, prejudices lurking inside. Its deep sensitive core could only be reached by Sirk's nobility. His lyrical and non judgemental treatment , helped by one of the best cinematographers that ever was, Mr. Russell Metty, and amazing performers, beginning with a surprisingly good Lana Turner (This and "The Bad and the Beautiful" were without a doubt her finest acting moments).
Imitation of Life is sentimental without being sappy. It's also boldly allegorical without being preachy. I'm tempted to say that it was ahead of its time but, by 1959, it was long overdue.
Imitation of Life Quotes
|Lora Meredith:||I'm going up and up and up. And no one's going to pull me down. (ambitious actress telling husband she's no housewife)|
|Lora Meredith:||I'm going up and up and up. And no one's going to pull me down. [ambitious actress telling husband she's no housewife]|