Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
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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
May 9, 1937 Wide
Feb 23, 2010
Barkley 'Pa' Cooper
Ralph M. Remley
Louis Jean Heydt
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The final third is an absolute miracle - one of the greatest sequences in 1930s American cinema.
All of this leads to an ending that is not just the most moving thing McCarey ever fashioned, but may just be the moving thing anyone ever committed to film.
Let's just say that, in calling Make Way for Tomorrow a masterpiece, we'll also call it a dear movie, a wonderful movie, a refreshing movie, or an honest movie. Maybe those terms will make it a bit more appealing.
Make Way eulogizes humanity so well that it's as painful as it is beautiful.
one of the saddest, much touching, and most powerfully introspective films produced during the classical era of Hollywood cinema
[Leo] McCarey's most personal picture and his most moving drama, the rare Hollywood film to confront issues of aging head on.
Hollywood melodramas do not often compare to timeless masterpieces of world cinema, but this does, largely through McCarey's sophisticated blend of tragic pathos, psychological insight, and rich, knowing humor.
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