Imitation of Life (1959) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Lana Turner, John Gavin, Juanita Moore, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner

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Based on the Fanny Hurst novel, IMITATION OF LIFE is a movie directed by Douglas Sirk in 1959. Both Susan Kohner and Juanita Moore earned a nomination for the Academy Award in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category.
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There are two main plots in this movie. The first one is about the descriptions of Lana Turner's hesitations between her love for the pragmatic John Gavin and her career as an actress. Between 1947 and 1957, she'll become a famous stage actress in Broadway.

The second plot relates the difficult family relations between Turner's servant, Annie, and her daughter Sarah Jane. The young girl can't accept the fact that there's black blood running in her veins. She'll prefer to reject her own mother rather than to have to present her to her boyfriends.

The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Script Analysis of Imitation of Life (1959)

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   actor

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   actor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   theater

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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