Imitation of life
(Blu-ray) 

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Published
[New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2023].
Format
Blu-ray
Edition
Blu-ray special edition.
ISBN
9798886070064
Physical Desc
1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded insert. 
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Published
[New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2023].
Edition
Blu-ray special edition.
Language
English
ISBN
9798886070064
UPC
715515280617

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General Note
Title and credits from screen.
General Note
Originally released as a motion picture in 1934.
General Note
Based on the novel by Fannie Hurst.
General Note
Full screen (1.33:1).
General Note
4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack.
General Note
Special features: video introduction (by Imogen Sara Smith, contributor to The call of the heart: John M. Stahl and Hollywood melodrama); On passing and Blackness (new interview with Miriam J. Petty, author of Stealing the show: African American performers and audiences in 1930s Hollywood; about the resonance of Louise Beavers's and Fredi Washington's performances) ; trailer cut for segregated Black theaters at the time of the film's release; Plus, An essay by Petty.
General Note
Accompanied by folded insert containing an essay by Miriam J. Petty.
Creation/Production Credits
Cinematography, Merritt Gerstad; editors, Philip Cahn, Maurice Wright; musical director, Heinz Roemheld.
Participants/Performers
Claudette Colbert, Louise Beavers, Fredi Washington, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson, Ned Sparks, Alan Hale.
Description
Explores the friendship between two struggling single mothers: one a working-class white woman who ascends to the top of the business world, and the other her Black housekeeper, whose life is shattered by the rejection of her rebellious, white-passing daughter. It is this latter relationship attuned to America's bitter racial realities and heartbreakingly enacted by trailblazing Black performers Beavers and Washington that lends the film its transcendent emotional power. This first adaptation of Fannie Hurst's best-selling novel boldly confronts the complexities and contradictions of racial identity, economic exploitation, and the limits of the American dream.
System Details
Blu-ray; region A; full screen (1.33:1); LPCM monaural; requires Blu-ray player.
Language
English dialogue.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Stahl, J. M., Laemmle, C., Jr., Hurlbut, W. J. 1., Colbert, C., Beavers, L., Washington, F., William, W., Petty, M. J., Sparks, N., Hudson, R., Gerstad, M., Cahn, P., Wright, M., Roemheld, H., & Hurst, F. (2023). Imitation of life (Blu-ray special edition.). The Criterion Collection.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

John M. Stahl et al.. 2023. Imitation of Life. The Criterion Collection.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

John M. Stahl et al.. Imitation of Life The Criterion Collection, 2023.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Stahl, John M., et al. Imitation of Life Blu-ray special edition., The Criterion Collection, 2023.

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