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Showing posts with label Imitation of Life Lana Turner Juanita Moore Susan Kohner. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Imitation of Life Lana Turner Juanita Moore Susan Kohner. Show all posts

Monday, September 8, 2008

The Imitation Of Life The Movie.

The movie Imitation of Life, the one starting Lana Turner is playing in my area today . I prefer this version rather than the early one. To me the movie was more about Lana Turner’s live-in black maid, Annie Johnson (Juanita Moore) and her light-skinned daughter, Sarah Jane (Susan Kohner).

Throughout the picture, Sarah Jane breaks her mother’s heart again and again by “passing for white” and denying her relationship to her mother. It’s pretty heartbreaking to watch, although that story keeps getting derailed by the Turner/showbiz narrative. I always felt sorry for Sarah Jane in a way. Especially when the white boy beat her after finding out she was black and not white.

After watching it today I wonder why the director would us race in this story after all it was a 1950s audience. For what reason would he us a woman losing her daughter over skin color and tie it into Sandra Dee’s crush on her mother’s friend. Maybe he was trying to show how shallow white people can be and black folks too. The Technicolor visuals were sharp and clear also. The women s’ fashions in the movie was OK. After watchin it again really the acting is more like soap-opera level, and overly dramatic. But I will give the director credit for grabing every scene for its emotional payoff. But what finally got to me was those darn white horses during the funeral procession. When Mahalia Jackson started singing "Soon will be done with the trouble of this world." Too see Sarah Jane running behind that hearse calling her mother. I had to think about my own mother who's gone on to glory. That made me sad.