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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…
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'd like to be done crying now thank you very much.
"Pa: Goodbye, Lucy dear. In case I don't see you again...
Lucy Cooper: What?
Pa: Well, anything might happen, the train could jump off the track. If it should happen that I don't see you again... It's been very nice knowing you, Miss Breckenridge.
Lucy Cooper: Bark, that's probably the prettiest speech you ever made. And in case I don't see you aga- well, for a little while. I just want to tell you, it's been lovely, every bit of it, the whole fifty years. I'd sooner have been your wife, Bark, than anyone else on Earth."
NO I'M NOT CRYING YOU'RE CRYING HOLD ON FOR A MINUTE WHILE I GO CALL MY PARENTS
Film #16 Letterboxd Season Challenge
Task #16 Spiritually Significant Week
Let me get my kleenex ready. This is such a beautiful movie. I was a mess at the end. I'm not sure I've cried that hard over a movie in a really long time. I'm not usually one for love stories, but this is a true love story. I absolutely loved the chemistry between the two. You really believed that they had been married for a really long time. I have to admit it was a bit slow, but there's enough in the movie to really have me be absolutely crazy about it. I at first thought that the modern version Love Is Strange was the better movie but now I really put the two of them about the same. I thought Love Is Strange really moved a bit faster, but the end of this was a lot stronger I thought. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
Make way for tears!
The last 30 minutes are something out of this world... pure beauty.
"It would make a stone cry" - Orson Welles
Damn. Though it was quite melodramatic, it was also extremely sad. Like... very sad.
Don't have time to watch Tokyo Story? Don't like subtitles? Then watch this instead. If you don't tear up, then you aren't human.
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 hight quality "short" films. Easy…