Even a half a century later, Douglas Sirk, a celebrated German-émigré filmmaker of sublime Hollywood melodramas in the 1950s, retains an influence on current directors from Todd Haynes to Pedro Almodóvar. However, his three most popular worksMagnificent Obsession, Interlude, and Imitation of Lifewere all remakes of films made in the 1930s by studio craftsman John M. Stahl, which, some critics claim, are far superior to the Sirk adaptations. Now, you can be the judge at Imitations of Life: Stahl vs. Sirk, a new series at Anthology Film Archives in which the rarely screened originals and the later remakes are being shown back-to-back.
Jan. 29-Feb. 1, 2009
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