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1,340 Ratings

Imitation of Life

Directed by Douglas Sirk
United States, 1959
Drama, Romance


Sirk’s last movie in Hollywood, and last commercial picture, is the absolute triumph of melodrama—a coldly brilliant weepie, a tale of two intertwined families in which the materialist optimism is continually counterpointed by an emphasis upon racist tension and the degeneration of family bonds.

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Imitation of Life Directed by Douglas Sirk

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1960 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Directors Guild of America

1960 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Golden Globes (USA)

1960 | Winner: Best Supporting Actress

1960 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actress

National Film Preservation Board

2015 | Winner: National Film Registry

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