Imitation of Life (Directors Suite) (1959)

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The final masterpiece from Hollywood's king of melodrama, Imitation of Life is among the most admired films the American film industry has produced. Screen siren Lana Turner stars as Lora Meredith, an aspiring actress and single mother battling to survive in the lean years of late 1940s New York. During an outing to Coney Island, Lora meets two people who will change her life forever: kindred spirit Annie Johnston (Juanita Moore), a black woman in need of a home for herself and her pale-skinned daughter Sarah Jane, and photographer Steve Archer (matinee idol John Gavin). As Annie and Lora form a partnership that will last their lifetimes, their lives are buffetted by the winds of love and hate, race and ignorance, pride and glamour.

Also starring Sandra Dee at her saccharine best as Lora's grown-up daughter Susie, and awarded Oscar® nominations for Best Supporting Actress for both Juanita Moore and Susan Kohner as the vicious, misguided Sarah Jane, Imitation of Life stands as the crowning achievement in the career of one of Hollywood's most admired and imitated directors.

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Lana Turner
John Gavin
Sandra Dee
Robert Alda
Susan Kohner
Dan O'Herlihy
Juanita Moore
Karin Dicker
Terry Burnham
John Vivyan
Lee Goodman
Ann Robinson
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Douglas Sirk
Frank Skinner
Henry Mancini
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding RSDL
Drama 1959 119:31 (Case: 869) 576i (PAL) 4
Widescreen 1.85:1, 16x9 Enhanced
English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (224Kb/s), English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Audio Commentary-by Assoc. Prof. Angela Ndalianis, University of Melbourne, Theatrical Trailer
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