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Imitation of life

Summary: It explores the friendship between two struggling single mothers: one a working-class white woman who ascends to the top of the business world, and the other her Black housekeeper, whose life is shattered by the rejection of her rebellious, white-passing daughter. 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.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9798886070071
  • Physical Description: videodisc
    1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2023]

Contents / Notes

General Note: Title from sell sheet.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1934.
Aspect ratio, 1.33:1.
Special features: 4K digital restoration; New interviews; Trailer; Plus, An essay by Petty.
Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).
Creation/Production Credits Note: Director, John M. Stahl.
Participant or Performer Note: Claudette Colbert, Louise Beavers, Fredi Washington, Warren William.
System Details Note:
DVD; Aspect ratio, 1.33:1; Monaural.
Language Note:
Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).
Subject: Hurst, Fannie 1889-1968 Film adaptations
Female friendship Drama
Working class women Drama
Single mothers Drama
Mothers and daughters Drama
Passing (Identity) Drama
Hurst, Fannie 1889-1968
Female friendship
Mothers and daughters
Passing (Identity)
Single mothers
Working class women
Genre: Drama.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Film adaptations.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Fiction films.

Currently available copies

  • 2 / 2 copies available at PINES


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Library System: Library Branch Name
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Dougherty County Public Library:
      Westtown Branch
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31018905053927 ADULT VIDEO Available
West Georgia Regional Library System:
      Bremen Public Library
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31057020702794 DVD Available

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