Film Series: Imitation of Life

1959. USA. Dir: Douglas Sirk. With Lana Turner, Juanita Moore. 125 min.

An aspiring model and actress leaves a doting daughter in the shadow of her rising star. A light-skinned teen shuns her loyal mother in order to pass for white. The problematic familial and racial relationships of this gorgeous, frothy melodrama carry a stinging criticism of postwar America and the shiny surfaces that mask hollowness and tumult. Speaker: Visiting Prof. Sarah Mahurin, English/AFAM.

Tonight. 8 pm. Goldsmith Family Cinema. Free