Imitation of Life

USA | 1959 | 125 Minutes | Douglas Sirk

April 25, 2017

The Films of Douglas Sirk

In hopes of establishing a career, aspiring actress Lora Meredith (Lana Turner) moves to New York City with her daughter Susie. While visiting Coney Island, chance brings them together with Annie Johnson and her daughter Sarah. Taking on the African-American Annie as her maid, Lora forges a “family” of sorts in a cramped New York apartment. As Lora’s success mounts, her relationships begin to suffer, and Annie’s daughter becomes resentful of her mother’s subservient position. Based on the 1933 Fannie Hurst novel, Sirk’s notorious final feature is unique in its depiction of family strife and racial issues in 1950s America.

  • Director: Douglas Sirk
  • Principal Cast: Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner, Robert Alda, Juanita Moore
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1959
  • Running Time: 125 Minutes
  • Producer: Ross Hunter
  • Screenplay: Eleanore Griffith, Allan Scott
  • Cinematographers: Russell Metty
  • Editors: Milton Carruth
  • Music: Frank Skinner
  • Language: English
  • Format: 35mm