Imitation of Life (1959)

Feature Film | Drama | USA | English | 2h5m
Dir: Douglas Sirk | Scr: Eleanore Griffin & Allan Scott | Novel: Fannie Hurst | Ph: Russell Metty | Prod: Ross Hunter | Mus: Frank Skinner | Ed: Milton Carruth | AD: Alexander Golitzen & Richard H. Riedel | Snd: Leslie I. Carey & Joe Lapis | Cast: Lana Turner, Juanita Moore, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner, Robert Alda, Dan O'Herlihy, Juanita Moore, Karin Dicker, Terry Burnham

As she goes from struggling widow to Broadway star, a basically kind-hearted but somewhat self-centred actress fails to notice the problems of those around her, including: her saintly maid’s daughter’s racial identity issues, her own daughter’s budding sexuality, and her photographer boyfriend’s growing disdain for her single-mindedness. Precise mise en scène, intense, vaguely ironic scoring, and a raft of full-blooded yet tremendously moving performances combine to brilliant effect in Sirk’s tear-jerkingly masterful melodrama.