Imitation of Life

Dir: Douglas Sirk
Cast: Lana Turner, Juanita Moore, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner
125mins   1959   US   12A   English   

Part of our Douglas Sirk mini season, with Written on the Wind on 17 April.

Prior to our screening of Written on the Wind there will be a talk on Douglas Sirk in the studio (the talk is free to attend but must be booked).

Lora Meredith, a white single mother who dreams of being on Broadway, has a chance encounter with Annie Johnson, a black widow. Annie becomes the caretaker of Lora's daughter, Suzie, while Lora pursues her stage career. Both women deal with the difficulties of motherhood: Lora's thirst for fame threatens her relationship with Suzie, while Annie's light-skinned daughter, Sarah Jane, struggles with her African-American identity.

'The film is a biting critique of American race relations in the Fifties and a complex study in contrasts and paradoxes' - Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle


Sun 23 April