Thursday, January 14, 2016

366 Days at the Drive-In: Day 106

The Date: January 14

The Movie: Imitation of Life (1959)

What Is It?: With Imitation of Life, Douglas Sirk wanted it all and he had it all. On one end, it’s an overwrought soap opera with gorgeously overwrought color and fifties aesthetics; on the other end, it’s a subtle exploration of race and racism unusually empathetic for its time. Look out for Mahalia Jackson as a choir soloist.

Why Today?: On this day in 1987, Douglas Sirk dies.
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