All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
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.…
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.
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…
Beautiful, humble, thought provoking; Leo McCarey was very much correct when he said he was given the best director Oscar for the wrong movie. "Make Way for Tomorrow" truly is an unsung American masterpiece.
오즈의 'Tokyo Story' 20년전에 미국에서 이런 영화가 만들어졌다는게 믿겨지지 않는다 -
은퇴후 평온히 여생을 즐길 나이에 모기지에 눌려 집을 은행에 뺏긴후 뉴욕의 아들집으로 쫓겨난 부부 -
자식들이 편안히 부양할 경제적 여유도, 마음의 여유도 없기에 이들은 편하지가 않다.
결국엔 언제 만날지 기약도 못한채 크나 큰 미국땅에서 헤어져 살게 된다.
대공황 막바지를 치닫고 있고 (1927-1939) 아직 살아가기가 만만찮을때 이 영화가 얼마나 많은 미국인들을 울렸을지 짐작하는것은 그리 어렵지 않다.
근데 우리는 조금도 바뀌지 않는것 같다.
Tokyo Story may be a better crafted film, but its inspiration packs just as much of an emotional punch.
get ready for tears. This is an absolutely touching movie that reminds us of the foibles of being children (no matter the age) and is a beautiful love story. If you want to cry, this is the movie for you. I I have never balled so hard. it is so beautifully heart breaking.
I think what really makes this work is that, in some of the cases, you can easily see where the offspring and their families are coming from. Yet most of the time their attitudes are terribly poor. What middle-aged adults don't ever understand is that they have more capacity to adapt and adjust than do their senior family members -- the onus is on them. The elders may not be agreeable or may not behave in the desired way, but if you are really true to your filial duties, the sacrifice must be on your end. And this movie helps to show this.
Make Way for Tomorrow is often cited as the inspiration for Ozu's mega-classic Tokyo Story, but I found myself being reminded of a different, recent movie: Love Is Strange. Their plots are actually extremely similar.
Not my usual cup of tea, but damn, what a fine film. Sometimes it hurts to watch, but you can still see the "happy" in their lives even if they can't get a happy ending. Brutal and sweet, worth a watch.
McCarey's depressing melodrama gave screenwriter Kogo Nada inspiration for the towering Japanese Classic "Tokyo Story", a film based around the same theme. It really puts the aching pain of being old and neglected by your children into heart breaking perspective and will live on in my mind as one of the saddest films I've ever seen.
Could be the saddest film ever made.
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…