Jun 08, 2015 this scene sets us up for the famous funeral scene. Little house on the prairie tribute videos by me 1,708,346 views. Artistic license, and it suits the splendor of the movie. However valid that distinction is, 1959 was definitively the end of the career of douglas sirk, who retired after the release of his landmark film imitation of life. On imdb tv, you can catch hollywood hits and popular tv series at no cost. Reflecting on the film imitation of life during womens.
M it was released on april 30, 2001 in the united kingdom and the united states on may 8, 2001 as the lead single from the bands 12th studio album, reveal 2001. Imitation of life 1959 movie clip title song, credits. With lana turner, john gavin, sandra dee, susan kohner. The clip ending from imitation of life 1959 you have already voted for this video. Imitation of life is a 1959 american drama film directed by douglas sirk, produced by ross. It wasnt a small feat to get this film into theaters either. A bestseller in 1933, and subsequently adapted into two beloved and controversial films, imitation of life has played a vital role in ongoing conversations about race, femininity, and the american dream.
An old flame, steve archer, has reappeared in her life and daughter susie is smitten with him. The funeral from imitation of life 1934 complete blu ray. Imitation of life ends with moores annie johnson being dramatically hoisted into a hearse as an entire black community mourns her passing. Audiences didnt seem to mind the rather downbeat ending of imitation of life remade successfully in 1959, with lana turner starring under douglas sirks direction, but there was a great deal of. I remember sitting with my grandmother and mother watching. The screenplay by william hurlbut, based on fannie hursts 1933 novel of the same name, was augmented by eight additional uncredited writers, including preston sturges and finley peter dunne. Also sign me up for fanmail to get updates on all things movies. The original theatrical release print of imitation of life featured different title cards, including a title card containing a brief prologue, which read. Imitation of life is without question one of my alltime favorite movies. The genuine imitation life gazette, an album by the four seasons.
With claudette colbert, warren william, rochelle hudson, ned sparks. Fast forward 10 years and lora is now a broadway star. Imitation of life was made in 1934, which means that the hays code, a set of moral policy and guidelines filmmakers were obligated to follow before releasing their work to the public, was still in effect. The first of two film version of fannie hursts novel, 1934s imitation of life chronicles the friendship between two womenone white claudette colbert, one black louise beavers. Imitation of life 1933 is a book written by fannie hurst, a oncefamous american writer. Our goal is to save you time and money by sharing our thoughts and recommendations on which movies to race to theaters for, which to watch at home and those to actively avoid. Imitation of life was released 53 years ago today, on april 17th, 1959 and below, youll find five pieces of information that even the biggest sirk.
Imitation of life like a koi in a frozen pond like a goldfish in a bowl i dont want to hear you cry thats sugarcane that tasted good thats cinnamon, thats hollywood cmon, cmon no one can see you try you want the greatest thing the greatest thing since bread came sliced youve got it all, youve got it sized like a friday fashion show teenager. The imitation game ein streng geheimes leben bluray holen. Stylistically, the film directly parallels its plot in that appearances are what truly matter as they are often. Atlantic city, in 1919, was not just a boardwalk, rollingchairs and expensive hotels where bridal couples spent their honeymoons. Oct 12, 2008 but what makes imitation of life so interesting is the subversive and ironic touches that sirk includes.
Imitation girl is an interesting character study focusing on women asking the questions. Lauren ashley carter gives strong performances as both julianna and her imitation in this unique and captivating film about identity. The film was so famous among blacks that peola, the name of one of the main characters, was still a byword for selfhating. Imitation of life 2007 lora meredith lana turner, a white single mother who dreams of being on broadway, has a chance encounter with annie johnson juanita moore, a black widow. Imitation of life mama im living in shame lerone baker. But by the end of the film, her story is secondary. Imitation of life also contains several subtle moments of passive and unintentional racism, such as sarah janess roommate assuming that annie is the maid and lora confessing that she had no idea that annie had so many friends. This is to her advantage, due to the laws and social mores of the time. What makes this movie fascinating are the scenes between long suffering annie and her daughter sarah jane. It would be remiss not to mention another aspect brought forth by imitation of life the fact that the main character, lora meredith, is a career woman, much in the same way a man would be a career man. There are multiple ways to interpret the story and characters. Imitation of life sara jane and annie last moment youtube. Imitation of life trailer directed by douglas sirk and starring lana turner, john gavin, sandra dee, susan kohner, robert alda.
The presentation of both versions, provided myself with a richer nourishing experience of the fannie hurst story. Each woman has an intolerable daughter, though, annies little girl sarah jane. Reissue prints of this film, issued after carl laemmles ouster and retirement from universal, read the new universal presents claudette colbert and warren william in imitation of life rather than carl laemmle presents claudette colbert and warren william in imitation of life. Set in new york in the 1950s, imitation of life by douglas sirk portrays an intricate relationship between a black american mother and her fair skin daughter, sarah jane. Mar 15, 2017 the life of laura ingalls wilder tribute little house on the prairie tv show theme song duration. This movie is a color remake of the1934 blackandwhite film imitation of life 1934. It was the only hollywood film of the 1930s to view race as a serious issue. Imitation of life sara jane and annie last moment duration. And yes, for modern readers, theres an uncomfortable undercurrent of racism.
Appearance is a central theme throughout the story. The genuine imitation life gazette by the four seasons album. Sarah jane can pass as white because of her fair skin. From the elegant title sequence couldve been for an early bond or an audrey hepburn vehicle to the glorious funeral procession at the end which was remarkably grand given that annie was just a maid. I was most familiar with the lana turner 1959 version. When a toy manufacturer feels ignored and unappreciated by by his wife and children, he begins to rekindle a past love when a former employee comes back into his life. This glamorized remake of the 1934 film imitation of life bears only a passing resemblance to its source, the bestselling novel by fannie hurst. Imitation of life is the sort of book that invites discussion. By being introduced to the claudette colbert 1934 version, i am now a fannie hurst fan. Imitation of life words by paul francis webster music by sammy fain sung by earl grant. Director jm stahl first made it into a film in 1934 and by the time sirk brought it to the screen for the second time, the story had been. Earl grants vocal, sammy fain and paul thomas websters song, the especially evocative title sequence, from producer ross hunter and director douglas sirks hit melodrama imitation of life, starring lana turner, john gavin, sandra dee and juanita moore.
Imitation of life interlude music scores composed by frank skinner. A struggling widow and her daughter take in a black housekeeper and her fairskinned daughter. Imitation of life 1934 a struggling widow and her daughter take in a black housekeeper and her fairskinned daughter. With storylines tackling racism, romance, family, success and tragedy, imitation of life is a powerful story that still resonates with audiences today.
An aspiring actress befriends a black widow, but trouble arises when the latter is rejected by her daughter, who tries to pass for white. Jul 03, 2003 imitation of life ends with moores annie johnson being dramatically hoisted into a hearse as an entire black community mourns her passing. Find album credit information for imitation of life r. Annie becomes the caretaker of loras daughter, suzie, while lora pursues her stage career.
Imitation of life is a song recorded by american alternative rock band r. Imitation of life mama im living in shame lerone bakers. Trouble of the world uncredited words and music by unknown performed by mahalia jackson. Frank skinner imitation of life 1986, vinyl discogs. Jun 29, 2012 that is how not to live an imitation of life. Ditto for any adaptation of a novel or a play or a poem to the screen, large or small. The novel imitation of life continues to provoke controversy, as some read it as heavyhanded stereotyping, while others see it as a more subtle and subversive satire of and commentary on race, sex, and class in early 20thcentury america.
If you are a fan of old movies, imitation of life delivers the main course. Imitation of life is a film that deals with several serious issues like racism, female relationships, mothering and career choices but one is never fooled into thinking the look of the film is not as important as its content. The imitation of life is one of the most powerful cinematic displays of racial passing in movie history. The author of numerous bestselling novels, a masterful short story writer, and an outspoken social activist, fannie hurst was a major celebrity in the first half of the twentieth century. Its a valiant, heartbreaking moment, but if you dig beneath the scenes giddy surface sheen, you may see that sirk is asking for an instant moratorium on films that further subjugate the role of.
Edm salutes mahalia jackson known as the queen of gospel. Enter your location to see which movie theaters are playing imitation of life near you. Imitation of life is a 1959 american drama film directed by douglas sirk, produced by ross hunter and released by universal international. Bea pullman, a white single mother, and her african american maid, delilah johnston, also a single mother, rear their daughters together and become business partners.
Passing, a commonly used term especially in the african american community, occurs when a member of one racial category assumes the ethnicity of another alkon, 2012. The film was so famous among blacks that peola, the name of. The movie was originally made in 1934 with a remake in 1959. Sirk was uneasy with the grand ending of imitation of life, which approaches but avoids bathos. The song peaked at number 83 on the billboard hot 100 and number 22 on the billboard modern rock tracks chart. Imitation of life 1959 frequently asked questions imdb. Stahls 1934 imitation of life with douglas sirks betterknown version from 1959, an examination of savage inequities. Emanuel levy has written, one of the four masterpieces directed in the 1950s, the visually lush, meticulously designed and powerfully acted imitation of life was the jewel in sirks crown, ending his hollywoods career before he returned to his native germany.
I have much enjoyed imitation of life, the 59 lana turner version by douglas sirk. Imitation of life is a 1933 novel by american novelist fannie hurst. This scene in the movie imitation of life brings back so many memories. Aug 24, 2009 imitation of life 1933 is a book written by fannie hurst, a oncefamous american writer. The funeral from imitation of life 1934 complete blu ray cut.
Imitation of life was originally a popular but unremarkable romantic potboiler novel by fannie hurst. Lora meredith, a white single mother who dreams of being on broadway, has a chance encounter with annie johnson, a black widow. Beneath the surface of imitation of life lies the reality of what sirk. A nice ironic touch towards the end of the film is when annie reveals that she has always owned a mink coat while.
Alternate ending was formed when three friends realized they all shared a passion for movies. Conveniently, 1959 is also tossed up as the true end of the classic hollywood studio system and the golden age to which it has been retroactively referred. The book was made into a hollywood film in 1934 and 1959. It was sirks final hollywood film and dealt with issues of race, class and gender. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free. However, her mother is always quick to point out that sarah jane is her daughter, and this hinders her. The film stars claudette colbert, warren william, and rochelle hudson, and features louise beavers and. One of their rules included preventing any form of miscegenation being depicted. Not hunter, who was rapturous and vindicated by audience response. The clip funeral scene from imitation of life 1959. Aug 15, 2009 one of the four masterpieces directed in the 1950s, the visually lush, meticulously designed and powerfully acted imitation of life, was the jewel in sirks crown, ending his hollywoods career before he returned to his native germany.718 616 46 264 1188 1178 184 1490 1179 977 1462 761 1317 1288 669 24 840 340 1547 2 893 280 198 1060 1167 872 1521 172 1120 945 496 393 283 607 999 498 858 909 744 1135 241