Make Way for Tomorrow

Make Way for Tomorrow

DVD - 2009
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During the Great Depression, an elderly couple loses their house to foreclosure and is separated when none of their five children will take them in together.

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This film was shown at the St. Louis Public Library - Buder Branch's Senior Film Series on 5/1/19 when the theme is "Celebrating Older Americans Month: Hollywood's Depiction of Aging."


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pl8
May 22, 2016

I've gotten chocked up just thinking about this film. Welles said that "it would make a stone cry", and the last 20-30 minutes are just about the most touching scenes ever filmed.

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KatherineHere
Mar 08, 2016

1937, during the Great Depression, before Social Security. Sad.

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JPGrimes
Aug 15, 2015

Very, very sad.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

Equal parts droll comedy and soft spoken tragedy, Leo McCarey's indictment of the Generation Gap circa 1930s shows that nothing much has changed in the intervening eighty years: some grown-ups still find aging parents an obstacle rather than an obligation. Stars Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi look and act as if they truly were married for half a century; their unspoken understanding, wistful recollections, and gentle banter anchor the film with a profound pathos without succumbing to cheap sympathy. Furthermore the children, all played with consummate skill, are not the two-dimensional adult brats you would expect but rather complex characters exhibiting a wide range of conflicting emotions. The film's final scene, beautifully underplayed, will have you reaching for that last kleenex.

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Monolith
Jul 15, 2014

What a powerful heart-wrencher from Leo McCarey. Beulah Bondi and Victor Moore were exceptional as the silently suffering elderly parents, and the supporting cast was great also. This is an undeservingly overlooked treasure of a film. FIVE STARS.

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Ron@Ottawa
Apr 10, 2014

This is an old film on a familiar subject - seniors neglected by their grown-up children. While it is easy to lay blame on the children, I couldn't help but ask the question why they got themselves into such a dire financial situation, losing their home to the bank, in the first place. It is a film with a sad ending, but there are moments of joy for the ageing couple. 'Tokyo Story', also shot in black and white, told a similar story. I must say I like TS more as a film.

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john_doh17
Apr 07, 2014

Old married couple painfully fade away. Just a real heart breaker at the end. I think it shows our values have been shot for a lot longer than we will admit.

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lukasevansherman
Apr 02, 2014

A heartbreaking, neglected gem from the 30s, given new life by the fine people at Criterion. A rare Hollywood film that takes on old age with poignancy and an unsentimental tone bordering on bleak, with both the leads playing characters older than they actually were. Leo McCarey also directed classics like "Duck Soup," "An Affair to Remember" and "The Awful Truth," for which he won best director. One of the extras is a short interview with former wunderkind Peter Bogdanovich, who may have an encylopedic knowledge of film, but is a shameless name dropper, mentioning Orson Welles and Jerry Lewis in the first minute. Great movie regardless.

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Sanrin
Sep 20, 2012

Authentic, unsentimental -- combines deep sadness with moments of humor, romance, and beauty. Excellent acting, and the extras (an informative commentary & an interview) bring insights into the movie and its making. A must see!

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jonnybroom
Sep 20, 2011

Mild, but beautiful. One of the most memorable portrayals of aging.

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