Imitation of life / directed by John M. Stahl ; screenplay, William Hurlbut, Preston Sturges.
DVD | The Criterion Collection | 2023

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Description
1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded insert.
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Series
The Criterion Collection ; 1167
Criterion collection ; 1167.
System Details
DVD; Aspect ratio, 1.33:1; Monaural.
Language
Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).
Note
Title from sell sheet.
Cast
Claudette Colbert, Louise Beavers, Fredi Washington, Warren William.
Note
Originally released as a motion picture in 1934.
Aspect ratio, 1.33:1.
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.
Note
Special features: 4K digital restoration; New interviews; Trailer; Plus, An essay by Petty.
Credits
Cinematography, Merritt Gerstad; editors, Philip Cahn, Maurice Wright; music, Heinz Roemheld.
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ISBN
9798886070071
Standard No.
715515280716
Music No.
CC3431DDVD The Criterion Collection
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