Imitation of Life
Imitation of Life (1934)

This film version of Fannie Hurst's novel 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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 5, 2008
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Emanuel Levy
Variety

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

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AJ Verser
I normally hate remakes, but Sirk's remake of this movie presents a richer, well rounded, and more realistic story than this movie does. Although I do… More
jay nixon
This is more of a social conflict drama with the mother-daughter conflict woven in, a fine film but the Lana Turner version is more emotionally involving.
John Ballantine
I did not see the Douglas Sirk version that was produced 20 years later but I found this depiction of two girls, one white and one black, who were raised… More