Title: Imitation Of Life
Year Of Release: 1959
Review Date: July 31, 2020
Running time: 125 minutes
Box Office Gross: $6,400,000
Site Rating: 8 out of 10 stars
NOTE: film review contains spoilers
"Imitation of Life" stars Lana Turner and has an appearance by
Gospel legend Mahalia Jackson.
One of the central storylines in the film is that of the
character Sarah Jane, who is mixed race (black and white) but is
deceitfully passing for white.
Things get so bad for Sarah Jane in trying to pass for white, she
is beaten up by her white boyfriend who discovers she is half black.
Sarah Jane, suffering from self-hate, distanced herself from her
black mother, as she felt she would be privileged passing for white.
The end of the film is quite poignant.
"Imitation of Life" is very engaging. The story is a very
interesting and timeless one.