Imitation of Life (1959)

Imitation of Life (1959)
Imitation of Life (1959)
  • NR
  • 2h 4m
  • 1959
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Living a lie is a poor substitute for living the truth - sometimes it takes the harsh realties of life to help us discover who we truly are. The legendary Lana Turner stars in this 1959 version of Fannie Hurst's emotionally charged drama, which chronicles two widows and their troubled daughters as they struggle to find true happiness amidst racial prejudice. Lana Turner plays Lora, a single white mother whose Hollywood starlet ambitions come at the expense of any meaningful relationship with her daughter, Susie (Sandra Dee). Lora's black housekeeper, Annie (Juanita Moore), has troubles of her own as she faces the rejection of her own fair-skinned daughter, Sarah Jane (Susan Kohner), who abandons her heritage for a chance to be accepted as white. As years of selfishness and denial pass, tragedy strikes and forces the women to come to terms with their own identities. Moore and Kohner were both Oscar®-nominated for "Best Supporting Actress" for their stirring performances. This lavish production, directed by Douglas Sirk (Magnificent Obsession), was a critical and commercial success, and today remains both a testament to its time and a beloved Hollywood classic.
© 1959 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

New Yorker
Richard Brody

Sirk unleashed a melodramatic torrent of rage at the corrupt core of American life-the unholy trin...

June 25, 2017
Village Voice
Charles Taylor

The toughest-minded, most irresolvable movie ever made about race in this country.

June 25, 2017
TIME Magazine

Imitation of Life is still a potent onion. When passed before the moviegoer's eyes, it may force t...

June 22, 2017
Variety Staff

While this device lends more scope, it also results in the overdone busy actress/neglected daughte...

June 21, 2017
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers

June 21, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:January 1, 1959
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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