Woman Trouble: Douglas Sirk’s Imitation of Life

Imitation of Life

Melanie Cheung peels away the honey-glazed aesthetic of Sirk’s classic to analyse the subversive core underneath If you were to look up ‘soap opera melodrama’ in a film encyclopaedia you would probably find the following addendum ‘see Douglas Sirk’. This suggests a certain insincere quality in Sirk’s films – their being the nutritional equivalent of … Continue reading