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Make Way For Tomorrow

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Directed by Leo McCarey.
With Victor Moore, Beulah Bondi, Fay Bainter.
US, 1937, 35mm, black & white, 91 min.

When an aged couple (Moore and Bondi) lose their home, they naturally expect to be taken in by their grown children. The children prove less than welcoming, however. This cursory description should be enough to demonstrate that, far from being a comedy, Make Way for Tomorrow is a melodrama. But rather than a tearjerker, the film is a heartbreaker, a remarkably sad film by Hollywood standards, then or now. Easily the most unjustly little-known film in McCarey's filmography, Make Way for Tomorrow does of course have its champions, because everyone who sees it falls in love with it. In fact, it bears comparison with Tokyo Story and, given Ozu's fondness for American cinema, may even have helped inspire that masterpiece.
 

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