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Make Way for Tomorrow
The want to live their own lives..! Can you blame them?
At a family reunion, the Cooper clan find that their parents' home is being foreclosed. "Temporarily," Ma moves in with son George's family, Pa with daughter Cora. But the parents are like sand in the gears of their middle-aged children's well regulated households. Can the old folks take matters into their own hands?
It could easily be argued that Make Way for Tomorrow is melodramatic, emotionally manipulative, and more than a little dated, but for a film made in 1937 (and even compared to some films today), the maturity and realism portrayed in the difficult decisions faced by all supersede those issues that are more a product of the era in which it was made rather than the skill of Leo McCarey and his actors. The universal constant of having parents whom most children we see get old, and how to ensure that their final years are fulfilling and free of physical pain, is one that transcends issues of technical merit and generational mores. The choices Barkley and Lucy's children have to make…
Take any film with a flood scene in it, imagine that you could transfer that body of water into your tear ducts, and then watch Make Way for Tomorrow.
Build your ark now, because you won't know what hit you.
*tears start welling up*
I feel like a "Great Depression" reference is appropriate here, or perhaps some hyperbolic comparison to Tokyo Story. Some sort of silly description that is both accurate and light seems appropriate, because to somberly describe the way this film impacted me would be to delve so deeply into sorrow that I might never see the sun again. That seems depressingly oddball enough, so let me state more plainly: this film is heartwrenching.
Though it delves into directness at times, it still packs a punch. It is a fine melodrama with such a palpable theme--the taking for granted and worse of the elderly, of one's parents--that even its more forced moments work. It's too earnest to be manipulative. It takes two…
A three hanky film if there ever was one. I'm not going to use this film as a podium for my argument against the War on Sentimentality, because this film deserves better than that.
And Jesus Christ. This film is sad. Not sad in the Hallmark movie way. Sad in the way in which Leo McCarey delivers the COLD HARD TRUTH. It's brutal. In any economic crisis, the first to suffer are the old, and even when they've put so much into their children and livelihood, it's all for nothing. All they can live on is memories.
Fuck. I'm crying now.
Performances : 8.2/10
Story : 9.8/10
Production : 7.8/10
Overall : 8.6/10
First and foremost it must be said that Beulah Bondi's performance in this film is perfect. She alone more than makes up for some of the other characters (mostly the children) coming off as though they were reading off cue cards. She flawlessly tears through so many wonderful emotional scenes and never goes too far, always finding her stride and making every scene come off effortless. The same can be said (to a lesser degree) about Victor Moore. These two make Make Way for Tomorrow a film truly worth watching.
That's not to say there's anything wrong with any other aspect of the film. The story is beautiful.…
I seem to remember reading that this film was a big influence on Ozu's Tokyo Story. I don't know if that is fact or if it's my memory playing tricks on me, but it's easy to draw comparisons between the two. Both films follow the story of an elderly couple who have children who seemingly want nothing to do with them. In this film's case, the parents lose their home to foreclosure, and although they were given 6 months to vacate their home, they seemingly wait until the last possible moment to tell their children, who scramble to find a solution. It is hesitantly agreed upon that, due to space limitations, the mother will stay in one child's home, and…
A masterpiece, and almost too much to bear.
You'll never come across a film this sweet and heartbreaking. If you don't cry at the end, I don't know what is wrong with you.
"Make Way for Tomorrow" is a tear-jerker, a hard one at that. No question 'bout it. As Welles put it, "IT COULD MAKE A STONE CRY!"
Leo McCarrey's soul-crushing masterpiece is a simple story, one that demands a small amount of words but a big heart: a retired married couple, Barkley and Lucy, struggle to make ends meet with "the bank" (the movie is a product of the Great Depression), and must thus move out of their cherished 50-year old home and into the apartments of their children. The old couple are split up -- Lucy goes to live with their son in New York and Barkley moves in with their daughter in California. They converse over the phone and…
"I hate to give in and sound so weak, but you understand me and won't think less of me, and this is just between us two."
I wasn't sure how I was going to spend my forties but now I know.
Crying my fucking eyes out.
Emotionally manipulative, but plays like a much more modern film. In the 80 years since this was made, thing have changed, but people are pretty much the same ...
transcendentally sad and full of the innocent complacency caused by the quiet monotony of waving your existential white flag, whenever we're not spending time with the characters who hate the protagonists to comical, unexplainable extents.
Not to compare issues, but I sort of kind of get why people say BOYZ N THE HOOD is preachy "racism is bad" because MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW is very much "ageism is BAD".
The oldest known person alive today is the Italian woman Emma Morano who's less than two weeks away (as I'm writing this) from her 117th birthday
She was born in 1899
Curiously, that makes her almost as old as cinema itself
And even more curiously, this means that right now, cinema itself is as old as human beings
So that means if you're born in 1937, you're 79 years old today
and MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW is 79 years old too
and the couple in the movie are in their 70s
We're living in rare times, because we can now say that, sure, that's pretty old, both as movies and people go
And we may say, albeit to deaf ears: Honor thy old movies, children
sweet, tender, touching and romantic drama about an elderly couple, still very strongly in love with each other, after fifty years of marriage and five children, forced to separate after the bank had taken away their house. this charming old couple is just a burden for their children, but they inspire kindness and sympathy in other people they come across.
this strangely overlooked tear-jerker (and yes it did make me cry) is also genuinely funny at times.
the characters and the dialogue rank among the most realistic in old Hollywood pictures. this goes for the performances as well, especially Beulah Bondi, who was so wonderful and truly Oscar-worthy (she wasn't even nominated that year).
it is emotional, but…
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