Black Talkies to Screen “Imitation of Life”

b1db41f4-4135-479f-a8c3-41b94c37d4b7Spend the afternoon at the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum on Saturday March 26 at 4 pm for a screening and discussion of Imitation of Life (1934). Directed by John M. Stahl, the film tells the story of the friendship between Bea Pullman (Claudette Colbert) and Delilah Johnson (Louise Beavers) as they start a business together that gains them a fortune. Even with financial success, Delilah’s teenage daughter Peola rebels against her, using her light skin to pass as white to experience a different life. This melodrama was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1934, but lost to It Happened One Night. Based on a novel by Fannie Hurst, this moving story was remade again in 1959 with Lana Turner.

Your afternoon host will be Lloyd Clayton, Executive Director. Following the screening there will be a Q&A and discussion led by our resident film historian Les Wills.

Screening is FREE!
Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum
4130 Overland Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230

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