Make Way for Tomorrow (The Criterion Collection)
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Then the film vanished, although I do recall seeing a lousy VHS pirate from AMC several years later. There is also a French DVD out, uncompatible unless you have a region free DVD, that seems to have come from pretty good source material but has (no surprise) French subtitles) that (surprise) cannot be turned off.
It has remained then for the folks at Criterion to ride to the rescue, and I cannot wait to see what they do for this movie.
I do not believe there is a more heart-rending finale to any American film that deals with intrafamilial relations than this one; a defy anyone to watch the last half-hour of this movie without a lump in their throat. One must flash forward to BICYCLE THIEVES and UMBERTO D. to witness such unsparing - but right - realism.
Beulah Bondi and Victor Moore as the elderly couple are utterly believable as the olpeople caught in a vise of family politics. The supporting cast, lead by Thomas Mitchell, is superb. The absence of any musical score, though jarring at first, underlines McCarey's realism.
Buy this, watch it, re-watch it, show it to your children, grab your neighbors, make them watch it. Its humanism will make anyone who sees it "love his neighbor" better.
VARIETY, Posted: Fri., Jan. 1, 1937
Rugged simplicity marks this Leo McCarey production [from a novel by Josephine Laurence and a play by Helen and Nolan Leary]. It is a tear-jerker, obviously grooved for femme fans. McCarey, who also directed, has firmly etched the dilemma in which an elderly married couple find themselves when they lose their old dwelling place and their five grown-up children are non-receptive. He keeps audience interest focused on old Lucy Cooper and Pa Cooper as they are separated, each finding themselves in the way and not fitting in with the two households (one with a son and the other with a daughter).
Victor Moore essays a serious role as Pa Cooper without firmly establishing himself in the new field. He continues to be more Victor Moore than an old grandfather, and he makes the biggest impression in the lighter, more whimsical moments. Beulah Bondi, as the aged Lucy is standout from the viewpoint of clever character work and make-up.Read more ›
I trust that Criterion has done an excellent job with the restoration- They usually do a marvelous job, so I have no doubt this film will impress all the film lovers out there!
The cast is wonderful but my favorite is Beulah Bondi as the mother who loves her husband and children unconditionally. The heartbreak you feel for her is so real, it will stay with you long after the film ends.
My grandmother had an old-time saying "one mother can take care of 10 children, but 10 children can not take care of one mother" and this movie proves her old proverb as being the honest truth.
This past year I introduced this film to a friend and classic film lover, but she had never seen it. Her reaction to the film was what I expected...she could not believe that she had never seen it, or even heard of it and how was that possible with such a beautifully well done film! I knew the answer to this, as all the flim buffs know the studios would rather produce DVDs of films dealing with murders, rapes, profanity, nudity and drugs...the assumption being that sex/violence sells- What a sad statement on our society! I would rather have my children see this film than any of the 'Halloween' or 'Friday the 13th' films.Read more ›
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Great acting!! So true to life!! Very sad but very realistic! Both my husband and I thought the story was so true to life and the actors made each situation so realistic!Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
An unsung masterpiece. Anyone who has aging parents, and the aging parents themselves, must see this to realize that the challenges are not new.Published 5 months ago by Greg
This is an excellent, moving and heartbreaking film. Even though it is quite old, the topic is probably even more relevant today, as young people now find themselves struggling... Read morePublished 6 months ago by David Flores
I remember scenes in dreams. The film is amazing and well made. A great lesson in using the camera and actors so work with the story.Published 6 months ago by Ishmael
Saw this movie on Turner classic. Had never heard of it before. Have not watched it yet from the purchase I made. I intend to show it for Movie Night with my friendsPublished 8 months ago by Cecelia Green