Make Way for Tomorrow (Criterion Collection)

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1937
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: 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
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

A.V. Club - 03/03/2010
"[A] marvel of Hollywood classicism, sweeping the audience swiftly and smoothly toward a devastating finish." -- Grade: A-
New York Times - 02/19/2010
"There are few American films as subtle, moving and bursting with human truth as Leo McCarey's 'Make Way for Tomorrow.'"
Film Comment - 03/01/2010
"In no other film has McCarey's improvisational brilliance been better sustained."
Total Film - 01/01/2011
5 stars out of 5 -- "[The film] plays as the TOKYO STORY no-one's seen, dripping pathos and poignancy from every pore."

Description by OLDIES.com:

Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi star as an elderly couple who must move in with their grown children after the bank takes their home, yet end up separated and subject to their offspring's selfish whims.

Product Description:

While not a box-office success, this drama, directed by Leo McCarey, developed a potent reputation among film critics and movie buffs for its sensitive and perceptive treatment of the problems of the elderly. When McCarey won the Oscar for Best Director the same year for THE AWFUL TRUTH, he remarked that the Academy gave him the award for the wrong movie. Barkley and Lucy Cooper (Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi) are a couple in their late 60s who have fallen on hard times and have been given the bad news that the bank is foreclosing on their house. Barkley and Lucy turn to their five children for help, but none are willing or able to do much for them; their son George (Thomas Mitchell) says that Lucy can stay with him and his wife Anita (Fay Bainter), while Nellie (Minna Gombell) and her husband Harvey (Porter Hall) can take in Barkley, but neither couple have the space or the means to house them both. Living with their children and their new families proves stressful for everyone involved, and Lucy decides to take up residence in a home for older women. She and Barkley realize that this will probably mean a permanent separation for the two of them, and they try to enjoy one last outing together before they part. Remarkably, Beulah Bondi was only 46 years old when this film was made, making her less then ten years older than several of her on-screen children; make-up wizard Wally Westmore used his bag of tricks to age her the appropriate two decades for the role.

Plot Keywords:

Family Life | Marriage | Parenthood

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  • UPC: 715515052412
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