Imitation Of Life - Criterion Collection Blu-Ray

Imitation Of Life - Criterion Collection Blu-Ray
Imitation Of Life - Criterion Collection Blu-Ray Imitation Of Life - Criterion Collection Blu-Ray
Melodrama master JOHN M. STAHL (Magnificent Obsession) brings his exquisite restraint and almost spiritually pure visual style to this devastating, enduringly relevant story of mothers and daughters. Imitation of Life explores the friendship between two struggling single mothers: one (It Happened One Night’s CLAUDETTE COLBERT) a workingclass white woman who ascends to the top of the business world, the other (Beulah’s LOUISE BEAVERS) her Black housekeeper, whose life is shattered by the rejection of her rebellious, white-passing daughter (One Mile from Heaven’s FREDI WASHINGTON). It is this latter relationship— attuned to America’s bitter racial realities and heartbreakingly enacted by trailblazing Black performers Beavers and Washington—that lends the film its transcendent emotional power. This first adaptation of Fannie Hurst’s best-selling novel boldly confronts the complexities and contradictions of racial identity, economic exploitation, and the limits of the American dream


• 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
• New introduction to the film by Imogen Sara Smith, contributor to
The Call of the Heart: John M. Stahl and Hollywood Melodrama
• New interview with Miriam J. Petty, author of Stealing the Show: African
American Performers and Audiences in 1930s Hollywood, about the
resonance of Louise Beavers’s and Fredi Washington’s performances
• Trailer cut for segregated Black theatres at the time of the film’s release
• English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• PLUS: An essay by Petty
DirectorJohn M Stahl
Run Time110

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