Following our screening of the 1959 Douglas Sirk remake of Imitation of Life as part of the Ross Hunter season, your chance to see the 1934 version of Fannie Hurst’s bestseller, directed by John M. Stahl.
Claudette Colbert plays a young widow and single mother, who employs a
black cook (Louise Beavers) to help look after her daughter. The two
women start a successful business, but racial issues are never far away,
especially as the black woman’s daughter is light-skinned enough to pass
as white, and is ashamed of her ancestry. As critic Jonathan Rosenbaum
remarks, “thanks partly to the skill of Claudette Colbert, the humour of
Stahl’s version is much warmer and less cynical, expressing the more
inclusive humanism of the 30s”.
Full supporting programme.
Doors open at 13.30, for a 14.30 start.
Refreshments will be available in our licensed cafe/bar.