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    Imitation Of Life

    Since the husband';s death, Bea Pullman and her daughter Jessie have had a difficult time making ends meet. Delilah Johnson agrees to be the housekeeper of Bea in exchange for a place for her and her daughter Peola. Bea has a plan to marketing the cake recipe of Delilah.  Both become rich soon and then over the years, their friendship is more close. However, their relationship with their daughters become strained. Ashamed of her mother, Peola seeks a new life by coming to the whites land. Bea';s love for her daughter is challenged when she and Jessie love with the same man.  
    Duration: 125 min
    Quality: HD
    Release: 1959
    IMDb: 7.9
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  • Actors of "Imitation Of Life"

  • Characters of "Imitation Of Life"

    Lora Meredith. Character of Imitation Of Life
    Played by: Lana Turner
    Stephen 'Steve' Archer. Character of Imitation Of Life
    Played by: John Gavin
    Susie. Character of Imitation Of Life
    Played by: Sandra Dee
    Sarah Jane. Character of Imitation Of Life
    Played by: Susan Kohner
    Allen Loomis. Character of Imitation Of Life
    Played by: Robert Alda
    Annie Johnson. Character of Imitation Of Life
    Played by: Juanita Moore
  • Directors of "Imitation Of Life"

    Douglas Sirk. Director of Imitation Of Life
    Douglas Sirk
    Birthdate: 26 April 1897, Hamburg, Germany
  • Creators of "Imitation Of Life"

    Eleanore Griffin. Director of Imitation Of Life
    Eleanore Griffin
    Birthdate: 29 April 1904, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
    Allan Scott. Director of Imitation Of Life
    Allan Scott
    Birthdate: 23 May 1906, Arlington, New Jersey, USA
  • Critic Reviews of "Imitation Of Life"

    New Yorker
    November 16, 2015

    Sirk unleashed a melodramatic torrent of rage at the corrupt core of American life-the unholy trinity of racism, commercialism, and puritanism.

    Village Voice
    March 31, 2015

    The toughest-minded, most irresolvable movie ever made about race in this country.

    TIME Magazine
    May 20, 2011

    Imitation of Life is still a potent onion. When passed before the moviegoer's eyes, it may force theater owners to install aisle scuppers to drain off the tears.

    March 19, 2009

    While this device lends more scope, it also results in the overdone busy actress/neglected daughter conflict.

    New York Times
    March 25, 2006

    This modernized remake of Miss Hurst's frankly lachrymose tale is much the same as its soggy predecessor. It is the most shameless tear-jerker in a couple of years.

    Time Out
    February 09, 2006

    Forget those who decry the '50s Hollywood melodrama; it is through the conventions of that hyper-emotional genre that Sirk is able to make such a devastatingly embittered and pessimistic movie.

    TV Guide
    May 20, 2011

    You'll be horrified at how this hokum manipulates you, but the best strategy is to just surrender and enjoy it.

    Empire Magazine
    May 20, 2011

    A consummate display of populist weepie-making.
    April 29, 2011

    [VIDEO] Set in postwar New York, "Imitation of Life" is a wonderfully deceptive film.

    City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
    August 20, 2009

    What [the characters] need most from their maker is something he couldn't have given them at the time: the 1960s.
    September 25, 2005

    Glossy soaper ahead of its racially themed time.

    June 12, 2005

    Douglas Sirk's last Hollywood film is the jewel in his crown, a visually audacious, powerfully acted melodrama, with Lana Turner and Juanita Moore in top form, that was misunderstood and dismissed at the time as just a weepie or soap opera.

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