Imitation of Life (1934) Movie Review

The great Claudette Colbert stars in an equally great melodrama from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Colbert is a single mother who, after taking in an itinerant black maid and fellow single mother (an impressive Louise Beavers), opens a pancake shop on the boardwalk and turns her enterprise into a success after boxing "Aunt Delilah's" pancake flour.

With a deep undercurrent involving gender roles and race relations (and this is deep in the era of segregation), it's a subtly different experience than the similar Mildred Pierce. As well, the movie looks incredible, especially considering it was made in 1934, and its sophisticated story is modern enough to be equally powerful today. The last half drags a bit with its unlikely love triangle, but otherwise it's a knockout.

Cast & Crew

Director : John M. Stahl

Producer : Carl Laemmle Jr.

Comments

Imitation of Life (1934) Rating

" Excellent "

Rating: NR, 1934

Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Prince Just Released Two Albums In One Day, What Are You Doing With Your LIfe?

Any Prince fans out there? The artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly...

Prince Just Released Two Albums In One Day, What Are You Doing With Your LIfe?

We Were Promised Jetpacks - Unravelling Album Review

After endless touring, We Were Promised Jetpacks have finally got together, put some...

We Were Promised Jetpacks - Unravelling Album Review

The Pierces - Creation Album Review

The Pierces' 'Creation' is the least druggy drug album possibly ever recorded. Sisters Catherine and Allison set to work...

The Pierces - Creation Album Review

Lionsgate Will Reboot The Twilight Saga With Five Short Films By Aspiring Female Filmmakers

The Twilight Saga is set to return with five short films this year. No, no, no...

Lionsgate Will Reboot The Twilight Saga With Five Short Films By Aspiring Female Filmmakers

Joaquin Phoenix Is Joined By A First-Rate Cast In Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' [Trailer + Pictures]

Joaquin Phoenix once again demonstrates his extraordinary versatility as a...

Joaquin Phoenix Is Joined By A First-Rate Cast In Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' [Trailer + Pictures]

The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers Album Review

"I never met the old ones" goes the (pretty rubbish) joke that references the The New Pornographers...

The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers Album Review

Liam Neeson Is On The Lamb In "Taken 3" [Trailer + Pictures]

Liam Neeson is back doing what he does best – kicking a** and taking names – in...

Liam Neeson Is On The Lamb In

Jamie T - Carry On The Grudge Album Review

'Carry On The Grudge' is the long awaited third studio album from Jamie T and marks a more downbeat sound...

Jamie T - Carry On The Grudge Album Review

Nickelback - Edge Of A Revolution Video

Nickleback have release a music video for their August 2014 single, ‘Edge of a Revolution’. The single appears as the...

Nickelback - Edge Of A Revolution Video
Advertisement