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Uniform Title Imitation of life (Motion picture : 1959)
Title Imitation of life [videorecording] / Universal-International presents ; screenplay by Eleanore Griffin and Allan Scott ; produced by Ross Hunter ; directed by Douglas Sirk.

Publication Info. Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Video, [2002]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library DVD    IMI    Staff Reported Missing
Edition Widescreen.
Description 1 videodisc (125 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Physical Medium DVD video 4 3/4 in.
Description digital optical mono Dolby Digital 2.0 rda
laser optical NTSC rda
video file DVD video region 1 rda
Note Originally released as a motion picture in 1959.
Based on the novel by Fannie Hurst.
Bonus materials: Trailer; Recommendations.
Credits Director of photography, Russell Metty ; gowns for Lana Turner by Jean Louis ; art direction, Alexander Golitzen, Richard H. Riedel ; set decorations, Russell A. Gausman, Julia Heron ; film editor, Milton Carruth ; gowns, Bill Thomas ; "Imitation of Life" music by Sammy Fain ; lyric by Paul Francis Webster ; sung by Earl Grant ; music, Frank Skinner.
Cast Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner, Robert Alda, Dan O'Herlihy, Juanita Moore, Karin Dicker, Terry Burnham, John Vivyan, Lee Goodman, Ann Robinson, Troy Donahue, Sandra Gould, David Tomack, Joel Fluellen, Jack Weston, Billy House, Maida Severn, Than Wyenn, Peg Shirley, Mahalia Jackson (singer).
Summary The story of two widows and their troubled daughters. In the search for success as an actress, Lora neglects her daughter. Lora's black housekeeper's daughter repudiates her mother by trying to pass for white. As the years pass, each of the four women realizes that she has been living an emotionally fruitless existence.
Audience MPAA rating: Not rated.
System Details DVD, NTSC, Region 1 encoding, anamorphic widescreen (aspect 1.85:1), Dolby digital 2.0 mono.
Language English dialogue, Spanish or French subtitles; closed-captioned.
Awards Best Supporting Actress nominations (Academy Awards): Juanita Moore; Susan Kohner
Subject Mothers and daughters -- Drama.
Passing (Identity) -- Drama.
Race relations -- Drama.
United States -- Race relations -- Drama.
Genre/Form Feature films.
Melodramas (Motion pictures)
Romance films.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Film adaptations.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Romance -- Feature.
Added Author Griffin, Eleanore, screenwriter.
Scott, Allan, 1906-1995, screenwriter.
Hunter, Ross, film producer.
Sirk, Douglas, 1897-1987, film director.
Turner, Lana, 1921-1995, actor.
Gavin, John, 1928- actor.
Dee, Sandra, actor.
Kohner, Susan, 1936- actor.
Alda, Robert, actor.
O'Herlihy, Dan, 1919-2005, actor.
Moore, Juanita, actor.
Dicker, Karin, 1947- actor.
Burnham, Terry, 1949- actor.
Vivyan, John, 1915-1983, actor.
Goodman, Lee, 1923-1988, actor.
Robinson, Ann, 1935- actor.
Donahue, Troy, 1936-2001, actor.
Gould, Sandra, actor.
Tomack, David, 1919-1977, actor.
Fluellen, Joel, 1907-1990, actor.
Weston, Jack, 1924-1996, actor.
House, Billy, 1890-1961, actor.
Severn, Maida, 1902-1995, actor.
Wyenn, Than, 1919- actor.
Shirley, Peg, 1933- actor.
Jackson, Mahalia, 1911-1972, actor, vocalist.
Metty, Russell, director of photography.
Louise, Jean, 1907-1997, costume designer.
Golitzen, Alexander, 1908-2005, art director.
Riedel, Richard H., art director.
Gausman, R. A. (Russell A.), 1892-1963, set decorator.
Heron, Julia, set decorator.
Carruth, Milton, film editor.
Thomas, Bill, 1921-2000, costume designer.
Fain, Sammy, 1902-1989, composer (expression)
Webster, Paul Francis, lyricist.
Grant, Earl, 1931-1970, vocalist.
Skinner, Frank, 1897-1968, composer (expression)
Hurst, Fannie, 1889-1968. Imitation of life.
Universal-International (Firm), production company.
Universal Studios Home Video (Firm), film distributor.
ISBN 0783276702
Standard No. 025192261121
Music No. 22611 Universal

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