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724 Ratings

Make Way for Tomorrow

Directed by Leo McCarey
United States, 1937


Leo McCarey’s Make Way for Tomorrow is one of the great unsung Hollywood masterpieces, an enormously moving Depression-era depiction of the frustrations of family, aging, and the generation gap.

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Make Way for Tomorrow Directed by Leo McCarey
When [husband and wife] are about to kiss, Bondi catches us watching. That’s the playful McCarey recognizing our involvement. It’s an earned moment. Despite the film’s heartbreaking end, where we wonder whether these two lovebirds will ever meet again, the lesson of appreciating moments as they are carries us.
February 08, 2017
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One of the indisputable masterpieces of the cinema of old age… Without resorting to facile sentimentalism, the director tells the heartwrenching story of an elderly couple forced to separate when they lose their house and none of their five children will take both of them together.
July 20, 2016
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The film (a reference not only for Ozu, but also for Ira Sachs’s 2014 film Love Is Strange) stands today as evidence of what is possible in socially conscious filmmaking by asking clearly and simply what can be done to take care of people who struggle to care for themselves.
July 14, 2016
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