Based on the 1933 Fannie Hurst novel and its first film adaptation in 1934, IMITATION OF LIFE (1959) represents director Douglas Sirk’s mastery as the “King of Hollywood melodrama.” In her most celebrated role, Juanita Moore plays a single mother with a light-skinned daughter who wishes to pass as white. Her onscreen friend, Lana Turner, also suffers troubled times with her daughter…
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