Born to Be Hurt: The Untold Story of Imitation of Life

Born to Be Hurt: The Untold Story of Imitation of Life

Born to Be Hurt The Untold Story of Imitation of Life In a passionate and witty behind the scenes expose the author of All About All About Eve takes on the classic Douglas Sirk film starring Lana Turner Few films inspire the devotion of Imitation o

  • Title: Born to Be Hurt: The Untold Story of Imitation of Life
  • Author: Sam Staggs
  • ISBN: 9780312373368
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In a passionate and witty behind the scenes expose, the author of All About All About Eve takes on the classic 1959 Douglas Sirk film starring Lana Turner Few films inspire the devotion of Imitation of Life, one of the most popular films of the 50s a split personality drama that s both an irresistible women s picture and a dark commentary on ambition, motherhood, racIn a passionate and witty behind the scenes expose, the author of All About All About Eve takes on the classic 1959 Douglas Sirk film starring Lana TurnerFew films inspire the devotion of Imitation of Life, one of the most popular films of the 50s a split personality drama that s both an irresistible women s picture and a dark commentary on ambition, motherhood, racial identity, and hope lost and found.Born to be Hurt is the first in depth account of director Sirk s masterpiece Lana Turner, on the brink of personal and professional ruin starred as Lora Meredith African American actress Juanita Moore played her servant and dearest friend, and Sandra Dee and Susan Kohner their respective daughters, caught up in the heartbreak of the black passing for white daughter in the 1950s Both Moore and Kohner were Oscar nominated as Best Supporting Actress The author combines vast research, extensive interviews with surviving cast members, and superb storytelling into a masterpiece of film writing Entertaining, saucy, and incisive, this is irresistible reading for every film fan.

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    Sam Staggs is a wordsmith. I consider myself to have an above average grasp on vocabulary but found myself running to dictionary every time I turned a page. I felt like an idiot but learned new words along with facets of that film that otherwise would have been deemed too obscure to recall. He has anecdotes about every character and the politics of nearly every scene. I had forgotten that Troy Donahue played the blond boyfriend that beats up Sarah Jane when he fiunds out she's black. There'a a w [...]

    Sam Staggs would like you to know that Imitation of Life (1959) is a masterpiece. That's a fact. Period. If you need reminding, he'll take 372 pages and do just that. If you prefer the 1934 version (as I do), you're wrong. If you consider the 1959 version to be somewhat camp, or soapy (as I do), you're wrong. Got it? You think you do, but perhaps being beaten against the eyeballs for 300+ pages will ensure these facts stay with you forever. Once you get past this confusion of opinion with fact, [...]

    Imitation Of Life is one of my guilty pleasures, so when I heard about this book I just had to read it. Sadly the writing is poor and Staggs has a tendency to jump around which made it difficult to follow and I lost interest quickly. I never did finish reading it nor do I have any desire too. A great subject deserves a better writer.

    Well, I've finally worked by way through the four book Sam Staggs series of behind the scenes movie books. I started out with 'All About All About Eve' which was great fun and got me started on my journey through them all. 'When Blanche met Brando' wasn't as much fun perhaps because I did my graduate work in Tennessee Williams, but there was little new to discover in that book - just a rehash of lots of oft-told tales - entertaining, but nothing very revealing to a true fan. The third book, 'Cl [...]

    This was a pretty good read but it might have been even better if it were a straight-ahead look at the making of this movie, without Stagg's increasingly annoying opinionated asides about the merits of today's Hollywood stars, the deficits of Claudette Colbert in the original version, and so on and so on. It gets even more irritating when he repeats himself okay, we get it, you're not a big fan of Nicole Kidman. I don't see what that has to do with "Imitation of Life" and with Stagg's over-the-t [...]

    Literally the most pretentious book I've ever read.I've read The authors books on All About Eve and Sunset Blvd and found them entertaining (if sometimes meandering) This one is ridiculous. Regardless of your opinion on the film, novel or original film very few people would rank any of them up with the greatest films ever made. The author talks down to readers who feel differently than he does.Seriously, skip this one

    Staggs is far from the best writer, and this book is oddly structured, discussing first the 1959 version, then the earlier 1934 version. However, nobody writes about film like Staggs does - he's a fan, first and foremost, so he's extremely passionate about the films he writes about. He's disdainful of the prose of film scholars, thus leading to his own style which can be a bit over-the-top at times. However, Staggs does an excellent job at talking to the main players (those alive) and researchin [...]

    This was an exhaustingly dense and in depth expose of the making of Imitation of Life.Staggs documents the on and off stage lives of not only the major stars and director (Turner, Dee, Sirk) but every bit player, every extra, every lighting man, every wardrobe designer, every scriptwriter, every set designer etc. etc. Then as if that's not enough he starts in on the 1934 version as well.Staggs is also overly opinionated about other present day directors in comparison to Sirk. I mean how can you [...]

    The enjoyment of reading about movies for me has always been the minutia. Who sang for Rita Hayworth in Gilda? Where did the dining room set come from and what the hell happened to the deleted scenes? Sam Staggs provides ample dirt on Douglas Sirk's Imitation of Life and more, including brief biographies of nearly everyone who worked on the film, uncredited screenwriters included -- Bless you, Staggs! We even get background on the 1934 Claudette Colbert version. The result is less a "making of" [...]

    I loved this! I have never been a big fan of "Imitiation of Life", but as a film fanatic, I love books about films, even if I dont' care for the film itself. This was everything you could ever want to know about the film, the stars, the writers, director, everyone who ever worked on the film or even wanted to. If you like this cult film, or even like cult films in general, this is a book for you.

    I was drawn to this book because I loved the moving "Iminatin of Life." However, I wasn't compelled to read this cover to cover because I just couldn't get with the style of writing. Instead I flipped through and read the parts that caught my eye. I'm happy that I was able to learn some things I didn't know before. If anything, this serves as good reference for the movie.

    I love Douglas Sirk and was recommended this book by my librarian. First I watched Imitation of Life again and then read this book. It was very informative and contained a lot of background info on the stars and crew of the movie. If you haven't seen this film, see it now.

    A classic movie and while I tend to be analytical to a fault, I found this hard to read. Lots of opinionated sidebars.

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