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Imitation of Life (1959)



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Douglas Sirk's last film was this great melodrama about fame and race relations. The characters all strive to belong somewhere. Where they want to belong isn't always where they should and never where they are. Is this film a savage criticism of human ambition to be anyone but who we are, no matter who gets hurt in that pursuit? On paper, it certainly looks like it would be. But as with all Sirk films, its great compassion for its characters feels absolutely sincere and blunts what would otherwise be a satirical coldness.

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