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Black Lives Matter?
- Phil Brewer
Everyone should see this film for the themes of racial norms that were in effect but clearly not accepted by all. Acceptance, or rejection of these norms came at a huge price either way. That these norms persist today, albeit with different manifestations, is clear. Example: Although TCM is to be commended for showing this film it unfortunately made no on its online poster of the two black actresses whose story is in fact the movie's central theme. Perhaps this can be corrected and perhaps the reason that it needs to be corrected can serve as the basis of a conversation on race and prejudice amongst the TCM staff, indeed on the TCM cruise and other forums.
Imitation of life
This is a very good movie. Have watched it many times. Also like the one with Lana Turner starring.
good and bad points
- Angela Gamblin
This was better than the Lana Turner version because of Freddie Washington. She truly was African-American, unlike the actress who played Peola in the 1959 Turner version. The most compelling thing about this film is the way it dares to deal with racial inequality at a time when this movie won't even be allowed to be viewed in the south because of it's subject matter, particularly as it pertains to the phenomenon of "passing" for white, in order to have an easier life. It's unfortunate that this served as a mere subplot to the primary storyline that was actually rather trite and banal. The scenes between Louise Beavers and Washington are the only believable and heart-wrenching parts of the film. It leaves one wishing they had more of an opportunity to do work like this. I didn't give this a higher rating because there wasn't enough of them and there were still quite a few uncomfortable instances of racism in the film itself (the white girl calls Delilah a horse, etc.). Still, the movie has some historical value considering it's subject matter.
- Viola Cunningham
I was very surprise to see that the two ladies that were not on the Poster was Louise Beavers and Fredi Washington.They are also the main characters in the movies, but they are not on the Movies Poster. And, their names are not on the picture of the Movie poster.The only thing I can conclude is they are both African American ,Otherwise, I love the movie and the story line of the movie. But to not see them get the credits on the movie poster which they deserve is just sad. This may not mean too much to the majority , But when it comes to African Americans we to would like to see credit giving when it is truly deserve.Thank you for your time, I do appreciate.
- Michael Powers
This is a great movie, I didn't realize 1959 version was a remake. . The Lana Turner version was always a little too "high-drama" for me.
a different version of the movie
- Joy Kinyanjui
I watched this movie, "Imitation of Life," 3 years ago for the first time, thinking it was the 1950s version because that was the one I had seen years ago as a young girl. And in fact, I thought it was the only one. But to my surprise, there was an earlier 1934 version. This could quite possibly be the first one. I really liked this film and I think everyone should see it. I highly recommend it. If you've see the the 1950s one and not this one, you should see it. You owe it to yourself to see both. Bring the tissues! Would love to see the 1934 version come to DVD. Both films are uniquely special in their own way. I love this movie and it touches me every time I see it.
Imitation of Life (1934)
- Mr. Blandings
Engaging tale of a small family's rise from rags to riches, spanning many years. Although the film's racial themes remain fairly subdued, almost a sub-plot really, it still works. Claudette Colbert's character is somewhat less sympathetic once she becomes the wealthy "pancake queen" but she is still wonderful in the role. Ned Sparks is hilarious as the sarcastic, monotone-voiced business manager, though Warren William makes for a rather bland love interest.
Imitation of Life (1934)
- James Higgins
Outstanding drama, superbly acted by Claudette Colbert and Louise Beavers. The supporting cast is fine. Excellent screenplay, and it's way ahead of it's time tackling racial issues. Fresh, moving and remarkable. The remake in 1959 is fine, but I still like this one best.
This version is more realistic than than the remake with Lana Turner. Which was too glossy for my taste!
What a powerful movie!
TCM aired the 1959 rendition last night and I cried right on que!While I believe that older version is has a better story line I do feel that every woman needs to see both adaptations.
BETTER OF THE TWO VERSIONS
in my opinion, anyway. The relationship between the two women seems to be more like a friendship than the second. You would think that the relationship would have been less mistress/servant like in the later version, but the story struggles in that aspect in the second. Also, the fact that the character of the daughter passing for white was actually played by a half black actress in the first one, makes the character come off more realistically. She could truly portray that type of character, because of her 'blackness', she truly knew the prejudices. Thirdly, Claudette Colbert and fourthly, Louise Beavers. The end. The others pale in comparison... This is a must see for all.
Loved Fredi Washington!
- Janice Radical
I've seen both versions. And, this one is definitely my favorite. Especially, Fredi Washington. She was wonderful in this movie and convincing as the daughter. If anyone could be chosen to portray the daughter, it was Fredi Washington. I had heard of Fredi Washington. But, never saw any of her films. Need more films that portray blacks in a positive light. Would love to see more of her films.
An Imitation of Life
- Tamla Davis
I recently took a college course, Great Performances on Film. I found that the class gave me the opportunity to view a film version that I had not seen since childhood. Imitiation of LIfe with Claudette Colbert and Freddie Washington. One of the great things about this film is the love of a mother for her child no matter what her choice is. I thought this was a great movie to watch in celebration for Mother's Day and what it means to have that title. The fact that Turner Movie Classes is celebrating Blacks in Films makes this a must see if you have not had the opportunity to enjoy a true classic of the 30's!
A "box of tissues" and thee...
This version of "Imitation" is my own personal favorite. Both (this and the later one) are equally as impressive though. Perhaps it is simply my affinity for ichthyologists. Either way, this particular version contains all of the components which, when combined, make for a magnificent storyline. I was always a proponent of "sharing the wealth", I believe it adds even more depth to the story. According to the allusions inferred, this was the fortuitous advent of the "world's greatest (mass produced) flapjacks". Just how much historical accuracy can be attributed to this inference though, begs further investigation. The acting is superb and the storyline and setting's are even better. Own this version if you can. "Two thumbs up", lol.
YEA OOO YEA!!!
- Abbatha Oustoon
This is a great movie for the whole family to sit and watch!! If you like that kind of movie that is spicy, but sweet,then watch this!!! You can see that the 1934 version is sweeter! But the 1959 version is spicier!! So if i were you i would watch the 1934, and then compare to see what they have changed and have redone to its motion pitcure itself!! So tune in and sit back and in the end you will be amazed and end up with it like i did!!! Even some kids like it!! For example my little son,Mac sat with me and was cozy with me on the couch and enjoyed every second!!So to sum this up GOOD!
This movie has it all...success story of the women, and trouble with children.Delia's unconditional love for her confused daughter is commendable. The race issues are striking, and I believe we have come a long way since.
IMITATION OF LIFE
I thought this was a good film. Was this the first thought for Aunt Jemima Pancakes....I thought it was entertaining altough I do like the Lana Turner version also....I could watch this movie again.