All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. 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…
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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Leo McCarey, cujo timing para a comédia possui poucos pares na história do cinema, fez simplesmente dois dos filmes mais belos e tocantes a que já assisti - este e Tarde Demais para Esquecer. O confronto de gerações, o abandono, o amor maior que a vida, a falta de perspectiva e de horizonte quando se é idoso, as manias, as gentilezas desenvolvidas e as ideias já estabelecidas de quando se atinge a terceira idade... Tudo isso é tema de Make Way for Tomorrow e muito mais. É um filme pra carregar e digerir pelo resto da vida e também pra se espelhar. A sequência final, do último encontro, é uma das mais belas já filmadas - me marcou especialmente a…
There are very few people in this world who are fortunate enough to meet someone who will stand by them no matter what..They cross hurdles and yet whatever the situation,they will always have a smile on their faces. Would make a great double billing with Tokyo Story.
"But if we don't go to the station they'll think we're terrible."
I've decided to go ahead and do a double billing with both this and another film which drew inspiration from it, that one film being Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story. I'll be honest, every time I do come out of Leo McCarey's Make Way for Tomorrow I always find myself feeling horrible. Why is that? Think about how some of you might have been feeling towards your own elders and then the power of such a film comes right to you.
The leads in this movie, we already have an idea that they had an excellent marriage. But they are about to be broken apart. They cannot…
"One of the great unsung Hollywood masterpieces" - there's never been more truth in a statement on the back of a Criterion release. It's what every lasting classic Hollywood film should be. And, most importantly, why don't more people love this?!?
Proverbs says that gray hair is a crown of splendor. McCarey exposes the hypocrisy of our culture's tendency to turn that crown of splendor into a veil of insignificance. We repay the kindness and loving steadfastness of our parents and elders with a harsh attitude or exasperated sigh of annoyance.
Lucy and Bark will have none of it. They subvert the ungrateful attitudes of their offspring by making the final third about a rekindling of their romance and a fanciful trip down memory lane to what made them pledge fidelity to each other for life. As one of the Criterion Essays pointed out, McCarey is subverting the importance of the nuclear family to focus on the importance of the romantic…
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…