Imitation of Life
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Imitation of Life (1934)
The first of two film version of Fannie Hurst's novel, 1934's Imitation of Life chronicles the friendship between two women--one white (Claudette Colbert), one black (Louise Beavers). Colbert is a widow with a baby daughter who hires Beavers, who also has a daughter, as a housekeeper. Colbert is a working girl who yearns to operate her own business, which she does thanks to Beavers' special pancake recipe. A family friend (Ned Sparks) suggests that the ladies form a corporation to merchandise the "Aunt Delilah" pancake mix, and within ten years both women are quite… More

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"Made at the height of the Depression, John Stahl's Oscar-nominated melodrama prided itself for its liberal views, but even then the racial angle and Louise Beavers' acting were controversial."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Though it doesn't fully explore the racial issues it raises as fully as it could have, for its time it was daring and courageous."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Unashamedly a soap opera, but it's not only an excellent example of that too easily dismissed form -- it's a soap opera with an agenda."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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