Make Way for Tomorrow

(DVD - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Make Way for Tomorrow

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In this 'enormously moving Depression-era depiction of the frustrations of family, aging, and the generation gap' [-- Container], an elderly couple must move in with their adult children when they lose their home.
Title: Make way for tomorrow
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, c2009.
Edition: Special ed..
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (92 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet ([32] p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 1937.
Based on a novel by Josephine Lawrence and a play by Helen and Nolan Leary.
Contents: Special features: Tomorrow, yesterday and today [ca. 20 min. ; 2009 interview in which filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich discusses the career of Leo McCarey and the film] ; Gary Giddins on Leo McCarey's Make way for tomorrow [ca. 20 min. ; 2009 interview in which the film critic talks about McCarey's artistry and the political and social context of the film]
Booklet: "Make way for Lucy ..." essay by Tag Gallagher; "We laugh and our hearts ache" essay by Bertrand Tavernier; "With this ending I thee unwed" excerpt from Robin Wood's Sexual politics & narrative film.
Summary: In this 'enormously moving Depression-era depiction of the frustrations of family, aging, and the generation gap' [-- Container], an elderly couple must move in with their adult children when they lose their home.
Awards & Distinctions: Named to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2010.
ISBN: 1604652306
Statement of Responsibility: A Paramount picture ; Adolf Zukor presents ; a Leo McCarey Production ; screen play by Viña Delmar ; directed by Leo McCarey
Credits: Musical direction, Boris Morros ; original music by Victor Young and George Antheil ; photographed by William C. Mellor ; edited by LeRoy Stone ; special photographic effects by Gordon Jennings.
Performers: Victor Moore, Beulah Bondi, Fay Bainter, Thomas Mitchell, Porter Hall, Barbara Read.
System Details: DVD; NTSC, region 1; full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby digital mono., high definition digital transfer.
Other Language: Closed-captioned; optional English captions for the deaf and hearing impaired.
Subject Headings: Married people United States Drama. Parent and adult child United States Drama. Separation (Psychology) United States Drama. Depressions 1929 United States Drama. Elderly poor United States 20th century Drama. Foreclosure United States Drama. Leary, Nolan Film adaptations. Leary, Helen Film adaptations. Lawrence, Josephine, 1897?-1978 Film adaptations.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Film adaptations.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Melodramas (Motion pictures)
Topical Term: Married people
Parent and adult child
Separation (Psychology)
Elderly poor
Publisher No: CC1862D
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Jul 15, 2014
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 10, 2014
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 07, 2014
  • john_doh rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 02, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Sanrin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!

Apr 26, 2011
  • jbauman1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good acting and a social issue that resonates into our current time period....Look for the scene where the mother short-circuits her favorite son's plan with a plan of her own.....And the anniversary scenes of the older couple at the hotel where they'd honeymooned....Good stuff!

Mar 10, 2011
  • Glencoe_Mike rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very sweet movie. It's a shame more people haven't heard of it. The second half is as poignant a piece of cinema as I've seen.

Feb 18, 2011
  • sheilamr rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A poignant film. Apparently Orson Welles said that the film was so sad, "it would make a stone cry." Well, it is a sad but beautiful tale.

Aug 01, 2010
  • davidevans rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an unknown masterpiece. Leo McLary said when he got the Oscar for The Awful Truth that they were giving it to him for the wrong movie. Hard-nosed and relatively unsentimental, considering the subject matter.


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Mar 10, 2011
  • Glencoe_Mike rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ending of Make Way for Tomorrow

Don't watch this if you don't want to see how the movie ends. But a couple of minutes will give you a sense of the sweetness of this film.

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