Rent Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

4.1 of 5 from 72 ratings
1h 32min
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Synopsis:
Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi, two of the great Hollywood character actors, portray the couple whose house the bank has foreclosed upon, and who are forced subsequently to move into their children's homes in the city. A near-musical restructuring of gratitude and debt ensues once the offspring deem the couple's lodging an imposition: the two are separated, then reunited weeks later... as they glide inexorably into an uncertain future.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Leo McCarey, Adolph Zukor
Writers:
ViƱa Delmar, Josephine Lawrence
Studio:
Eureka
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/02/2011
Run Time:
92 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Peter Bogdanovich discussing McCarey and the Film
  • Gary Giddins Discussing the Film's Social and Political Contexts
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/10/2010
Run Time:
92 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Newly Restored 1080p HD Encode in the Film's Original Aspect Ratio
  • Peter Bogdanovich Discussing McCarey and the Film
  • Gary Giddins Discussing the Film's Social and Political Contexts

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Reviews (1) of Make Way for Tomorrow

A remarkable film which deserves wider recognition - Make Way for Tomorrow review by LR

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01/01/2015

This is an outstanding film for its time (1937) and it is deeply engaging and effective even today. The subject matter is old age, with its concomitant frailty, vulnerability and the feeling of being a burden on one's off-spring. The subject is handled very well indeed, with acute social observation and flashes of wit which lift the mood. However, the seriousness of the subject is never lost - we feel for the old couple who are losing their physical competence and turn to their sons and daughter for help. Anyone who visits an elderly relative in a care home or nursing home, will recognise the truth of the basic scenario and will appreciate the emotional currents which swirl around all the family members - feelings of deep-seated love, guilt, resentment, selfishness, helplessness, etc. The strength of the film is that it faces up to all the complexity of the situation and stirs our emotions as we struggle to find a resolution to the problem.

This film is often described as a 'neglected masterpiece'. I agree. It deserves to be as well-known as "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Citizen Kane". It might even be said to be better than either of those films because its humanity is so firmly grounded and so effectively expressed.

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