Make Way for Tomorrow

(DVD - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Make Way for Tomorrow

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After losing their house to foreclosure, an elderly couple is separated when none of their five children will take them in together.
Title: Make way for tomorrow
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] :, The Criterion Collection,, [2010]
Edition: Special ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (92 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.+,1 booklet.
Notes: CPL DVD# 5998313
Title from web site.
Based on a novel by Josephine Lawrence and a play by Helen and Nolan Leary.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1937.
Special features: "Tomorrow, yesterday and today:" a new video interview featuring filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich discussing the career of Leo McCarey and 'Make way for tomorrow;' new video interview with critic Gary Giddins in which he talks about McCarey's artistry and the political and social context of the film. Booklet features new essays by critic Tag Gallagher and filmmaker Bertrand Tavenier, and an excerpt from film scholar Robin Wood's 1998 piece "Leo McCarey and 'Family values.'"
Summary: After losing their house to foreclosure, an elderly couple is separated when none of their five children will take them in together.
Additional Contributors: McCarey, Leo
Zukor, Adolph - 1873-1976.
Delmar, Viña - 1903-1990.
Moore, Victor - 1876-1962.
Bondi, Beulah - 1892-1981.
Bainter, Fay - 1892-1968.
Mitchell, Thomas - 1892-1962.
Hall, Porter - 1888-1953.
Read, Barbara - 1917-1963.
Moscovitch, Maurice
Ridson, Elisabeth
Gombell, Minna - 1892-1973.
Mayer, Ray - d. 1948.
Remley, Ralph
Beavers, Louise - 1902-1962.
Lawrence, Josephine
Leary, Helen
Leary, Nolan
Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN: 9781604652307
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Report This 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.

Report This Apr 07, 2014
  • brian_edwards 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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!

Report This 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!

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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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Report This 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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