This special DVD contains both versions of the Black Classic Movie "Imitation of Life."
"Imitation of Life" is based on the 1933 best-selling novel by Fannie Hurst named "Imitation of Life." The book
was controversial because it uses the characters and storyline to address the racial, sexual and class prejudices
that existed during the time. The 1934 movie version of "Imitation of Life" was an big hit. Because of the commercial
success of the original "Imitation of Life" movie, a newer version was made in 1959.
Claudette Colbert and Louise Beavers star in this version of "Imitation of Life."
Delilah Johnson (Louise Beavers) and Bea Pullman (Claudette Colbert) are two widows who decide to live
together with their daughters in order to make ends meet. Their agreement is that Bea will work outside of the
home while Delilah will stay at home and maintain it. One morning, Delilah makes pancakes for Bea (using a secret
that are absolutely delicious. Bea gets the idea to open a restaurant selling Delilah's tasty pancakes.
The business becomes a phenomenal success.
However, life is not necessarily wonderful for Delilah. Her light-skinned daughter, Peola (Fredi Washington)
eventually decides that she wants to live her life passing as someone White. This deeply pains Delilah who is
upset that her daughter wants to live an "Imitation of Life" by rejecting her racial identity.
The 1934 movie "Imitation of Life" was very controversial in the Black community because there were
strongly different opinions about Delilah's daughter's decision to pass for white.
Lana Turner and Juanita Moore star in the 1959 version of "Imitation of Life."
In this version, Lora Meredith (Lana Turner) is a struggling actress who eventually becomes successful and famous.
Annie Johnson (Juanita Moore) is her maid who first befriends her years prior to her success. Both women have
trouble with their daughters. For Meredith, she finds herself in a love triangle with her daughter. For Johnson, she
is painfully confronted with her light-skinned daughter's desire to be White.