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IMITATION OF LIFE (1959) 14149

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Universal International Original One-Sheet Poster (27x41) Folded Very Fine Condition

Universal PIctures Original U.S. One-Sheet Poster (27x41) for the Douglas Sirk directed melodrama IMITATION OF LIFE (1959) starring Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner, Dan O'Herlihy, Robert Alda, Juanita Moore and Mahalia Jackson. The film was Universal's remake of the famous version from 1934 with Claudette Colbert. The story was an adaptation of a also famous novel by Fannie Hurst about two women, one white and one black. The themes of white privilege, racial prejudice and respect, interracial love and social justice were addressed in what was cloaked as the soapiest of soap operas. Sirk brought all the gifts he had perfected in films such as ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS and MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION and used them deftly in IMITATION OF LIFE. Gavin was one of best looking of the Universal Contract players and he courts Turner assiduously. The mixed race daughter of Juanita Moore, played by Susan Kohner, runs away from home to pass for white. And Sandra Dee tries to figure out adolescence while feeling an attraction to her Mother's suitor. And in the middle of all this, one of the few appearances on film by the great gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. This U.S. one-sheet was used in a theater, but has survived rather well, and we have graded in in fine plus condition. There are some pinholes in the corners where the poster was once tacked up, but no fold separations and colors are vivid. MovieArt Austin guarantees that this poster is an authentic U.S. one-sheet poster for this film. MovieArt Austin will sell no reproductions.

John Gavin - Actor
Sandra Dee - Actor
Lana Turner - Actor
Susan Kohner - Actor
Dan O'Herlihy - Actor
Robert Alda - Actor
Juanita Moore - Actor

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