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Aro Recommended Imitation of Life


USA 1959, 125 minutes
Dir. Douglas Sirk
Rating: [G]
Genres: Classics, Drama

Topics: African-American, Tearjerker.


Aroview: Douglas Sirk's famed melodrama of American ambition and racism is justly renowned for the surprisingly bitter commentary buried within its involving tale of a friendship which crosses the colour bar.

Juanita Moore is a black maidservant employed by career-driven actress Lana Turner, whose daughter tries to pass a white woman. Sirk's final Hollywood film remakes a 1934 film (with Claudette Colbert) but with a more subtle and constant emphasis on the social hypocrisies of America.

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DVD Features

3-disc Region 4 edition Includes the original 1934 version of the film by John M Stahl, starring Claudette Colbert and Warren William.

  • audio commentary
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • aspect ratio: 4:3

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