IMITATION OF LIFE 1959
Directed by Douglas Sirk
This movie is one of the most poignant films in the history of American cinema about race relations. Shot in the 1950s this rich flick by Douglas Sirk is a goldmine of historical introspection. Beautifully crafted and unforgettable shot, it is an emotionally charged drama about a woman and her black servant, both of whom are raising their daughters independent of any men. The child of the servant can pass for being white, and tries to desperately do so, while pushing away her black mother. A razor-sharp tale of racism in America… with a narrative that almost feels mythic when watched today.
Douglas Sirk was a German director who couldn’t quite stomach the demands that Hollywood was making on him. He was known for making extreme melodramas, and this was his last before giving up and returning to Europe. Imitation of Life stars Lana Turner, and also feature a cameo by Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. A wonderful film, and a real weeper.
This will be a high-definition screening.