Imitation of Life (1959)

Douglas Sirk directs Lana Turner, Juanita Moore and Susan Kohner in this remake of the 1934 weepie following the fortunes of two single mothers; a white career woman and her dedicated black maid whose own daughter can “pass”.

My nanny’s favourite movie. Sumptuous production design. Progressive characterisation. Multiple tissues needed. The funeral epilogue is one of the best exploitations of Technicolor cinema ever. The complex performances of Juanita Moore and Susan Kohner blow the petty and vapid white characters off the screen.


Perfect Double Bill: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967)

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