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Mirage de la vie

Imitation of Life

Réalisé par Douglas Sirk
États-Unis, 1959
Drame, Romantique

Synopsis

À New York, Lora Meredith jeune veuve et mère d’une fillette, Susie, veut se lancer dans la carrière d’actrice mais a du mal à joindre les deux bouts. Elle fait la rencontre d’Annie Johnson, une femme noire, également seule dans la vie avec sa fille Sarah Jane dont la peau est blanche.

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Mirage de la vie Réalisé par Douglas Sirk

Prix & Festivals

Academy Awards

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

Directors Guild of America

1960 | Nominé : Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Golden Globes (USA)

1960 | Lauréat : Best Supporting Actress

1960 | Nominé : Best Supporting Actress

In Imitation of Life (1959), though the most piercing of all Sirk’s mirror shots is of a despairing Sarah Jane and Annie in their indelible last meeting in a dressing room, Sirk stages, composes, and edits most of the scene for direct emotional effect.
April 09, 2018
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Sirk closed the 1950s — and his feature-filmmaking career — with Imitation of Life (1959), his most commercially successful movie. Its themes of mother-daughter love and abandonment, shame, and racial injustice provoked in many viewers at the time an endless flow of tears and can still bring on the waterworks today. I can’t recommend this or any of Sirk’s melodramas highly enough, whether for first-time or repeat viewers.
December 22, 2015
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Early in IMITATION OF LIFE, Lana Turner’s character says, “Maybe I should see things as they really are and not the way I want them to be.” Oh, the irony. In Douglas Sirk’s films, however, it doesn’t so much burn as blaze—so fiercely, in fact, that it’s not difficult to understand how the irony and subversiveness for which Sirk is known among the cinephile crowd was lost on popular audiences at the time.
July 31, 2015
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