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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…
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…
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*
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…
Does a really great job of portraying a generational divide and not demonizing either side, acknowledging that both sides have their own interests and are both valid.
I almost can't believe this movie was even made...how often do we get films from Hollywood (early or present day) where the two main characters are an elderly couple coming to grips with the passage of time, how 50 years can be blown away like they never happened?
Make Way for Tomorrow reminded me of my own mortality and the fragile grasp on life that we all have. One moment your entire life stretches out before you full of opportunity, the next you are left rugged and tired at the end of the road looking back, wondering where it all went.
The real genius of Tomorrow is that it doesn't wrap this reminder in a package that gives you some…
i don't know what compelled me to watch what orson welles called "the most depressing movie ever made" at 3:00 in the morning, but i paid for it dearly. it's so beautifully shot, written, directed, and acted. a heartbreaking storyline that "could make a stone cry."
Welles wasn't wrong here. Yet another '37 film about how horrible the world is, but this is only rivaled by Yamanaka as champion there.
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A truly heartbreaking film, but also one that’s surprisingly sweet. It left me with a sort of wistful feeling, sad and yet strangely hopeful, all at once.
a.k.a New Yorkyo Story.
Seeing as this is basically Tokyo Story that points it's fingers at whoever is to blame a little too clearly. The moral of the story is pretty obvious, even from it's title. It's all about how we treat our parents these days, after all they're what we have to thank for everything we have and everything we see around us. It's not an entirely novel idea and I'm sure it wasn't for it's time either, in addition it doesn't deal with much more than this multi-generational gap. The film also falls victim to the "This-is-Hollywood-in-case-someone-isn't-quite-following-we're-just-gonna-stand-here-and-yell-at-you-until-you-get-it"-way of handling subject matter. In every other aspect it is a classic film though, it's almost impossible, for me anyways, to…
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.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…
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