Imitation Of Life Film Analysis

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Prejudice & Gender Discrimination against Women and Minorities in the film: Imitation of Life by John Stahn, 1934 & Douglas Sirk, 1959

The film Imitation of Life is anything but a domestic melodrama or romantic story that is portrayed in the article of Imitation of Life (John Stahl, 1934. Douglas Sirk, 1959: Style and the Domestic Melodrama, by Jeremy B. Butler. To begin, the film is a prime example of sexism and racial prejudice that ignited a political and social war between the sexes during the 1950s in the United States of America. Consequently, a representation stereotypical characters that commonly exist are featured in the film. The film features characters such as, the uneducated single black woman with an illegitimate, fatherless
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The film illustrates issues among the citizens in the country that lead to the beginning of the women’s rights movement in 1948. The first women’s right act occurred at a convention held in Seneca Falls, New York. Consequently, after two days of debate, 68 women and 32 men signed a Declaration of Sentiments which is described as twelve resolutions for equal treatment of women and men under the law and the voting rights of women. Contrary to belief, women in the past, present and future are essential to the change in the nation. Their opinions, inventions and ideas are just as, if not more important than the men in this country. Even today, women are the majority in earning degrees in higher education and are also leaders in religion, government, and the …show more content…
In doing so, the union between a husband and wife must remain resilient in order to withstand the absence of the child. Therefore, the union in a marriage requires a greater connection than the union between a mother and child. In order to obtain such a bond and for the sake of the marriage, romantic love is a requisition to domestic love.
In conclusion, the issues that are addressed in the film, Imitation of Life, leaves an permanent mark on the audience as it illustrates the need for revolutionary change among women and the minorities in this country. The film presents a false image in which the lifestyle of African American women are similar to a fairytale. It is said that directors John Stahl and
Douglas Sirk produced the motion picture, in hope to gain the support of the black community.
Initially, the purpose of Delilah’s role was to create more serious roles for minorities and to provide an opportunity that would allow black actors/actresses the chance to become equal in the film industry. However, it instead has alienated the race due to the manner in which African
Americans are portrayed in the film. It is painfully, obvious that the “separate but equal”

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