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Imitation of Life (1959) Review
By Christopher Null on Tuesday 1st November 2005
Douglas Sirk's Imitation of Life sadly doesn't hold a candle to the 1934 original, which spoke to the difficulties of single parenting, race relations, and American entrepreneurship. By making lead Lora (Lana Turner) an actress instead of a pancake magnate, Sirk's film is robbed of much of the story's charm, turning this into some strange rendition of Mommie Dearest.
That switch doesn't serve the story at all, and makes us feel little kinship with the glamorous Lora. Sirk proves he can handle a camera and has a flair for costumes, as usual, but this Imitation of Life is exactly that.