High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
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…
Make Way For Tomorrow states the title of Leo McCarey’s 1937 film, and indeed no phrase is more accurate in describing the spirit of youth, as it is universal the perceived drive of our present, a world that continues to mould towards a more efficient and innovating future, formulating elements that would become the staple of our youths, advancing society towards greater self-actualisation. In the phases of youthful growth, it is easy to dismiss the contributions and figures of our past, we find ourselves in greater prioritisation of the responsibilities and necessities of today, that we forget those that has brought the wisdom that has shaped who we are as a…
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.…
Such a cute, sad film. Timeless. #289
Un film dont le sujet étonne pour l'époque, puisqu'il est même de nos jours peut abordé: la veillesse, et les obligations filliales. C'est évidemment un thème toujours d'actualité, et j'ai été impressionné de constater son traitement si peu sentimental par McCarey, étonnant considérant l'époque et les circonstances entourant la production du film. Les comédiens sont tous excellents, en particulier les deux principaux. L'écriture est fine, les personnages étant multidimensionnels et ceux des enfants n'étant jamais démonisés, et les légères touches d'humour très bien placées et balancées. La finale est particulièrement bouleversante, et ce malgré la sobriété de la mise en scène. Orson Welles en aurait dit: That movie would made a stone cries!
this is pretty much everything
Excellent, restrained melodrama with my favourite character actress Beulah Bondi in what was (I believe) the only leading role of her career. Bondi (then 48) and Victor Moore are both perfect and totally believable as an elderly couple who are forced to live separately with their different children after losing their home. Kudos to Leo McCarey for his gentle direction and for holding on to his unhappy ending despite the urging of the studio to change it. This film is a little gem with a subject matter we can all relate to.
What an absolute surprise of a film! On letterboxd it hasn't gone unnoticed, but I still feel like this is an under-watched gem. I literally had not heard of this in my time as a cinephile until a week before watching. This is easily one of the greatest films of the 30s. Leo McCarey tells a poignant story with total honesty and heart. The performances are golden, and it's a film that holds up well today with social relevance.
From its very opening Make Way for Tomorrow makes its message clear on what this story is about. This is a film looking at the bridge between the young and the old: the misunderstanding and the generational gap. But most of…
There's a sense of realization that hits the children at the end of the film that for everything that their parents have done for them, they remain all the more ungrateful. There's a chord that strikes upon every viewing of Leo McCarey's Make Way for Tomorrow that just leaves me to reflect on what I've been doing with my life and it triggers a sense I'm still just not even sure I'm ready for what life would be like without the elders as much as they may have aggravated us. I'm aware there are certain aspects to Make Way for Tomorrow that may not have aged rather well but when you keep its very morals and intentions in mind, it…
They'll tell you'll cry, you'll think you're above that, and you'll be wrong. I WEPT for most of the final third of this movie. It never rings false.
Quite the tragedy for what starts off as the standard setup for a comedy film of the era. The descent into the final scene of the film is unforgettable and nearly unmatched in its melancholy.
Oh my god this may be the saddest film I've ever seen
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