Two women (Lana Turner and Juanita Moore) sit in a sunny park, one resting her arm on a stool.

About Imitation Of Life

Douglas Sirk’s final Hollywood feature is a startlingly powerful remake of John Stahl’s film (itself an adaptation of Fannie Hurst’s novel) about two single mothers - one white, one black - striving together in a man’s world.

With Imitation Of Life, Sirk unleashed a melodramatic torrent of rage at the corrupt core of American life - the unholy trinity of racism, commercialism and puritanism, as seen through the prism of motherhood.

The screening will be preceded by a live onstage introduction from Dr Sabina Stent.

Screening as part of the Bad Mums: Motherhood In Cinema season to accompany the touring exhibition Acts Of Creation: On Art and Motherhood.

Booking info

Duration includes trailers, adverts and any Q&A/panel. For events such as NT Live, Colour Box and Reel & Meal there will be minimal advertising. We do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy.

MAC’s cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub Midlands.

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