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MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW (Masters of Cinema) Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) [1937]

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  • Actors: Victor Moore, Beulah Bondi
  • Directors: Leo McCAREY
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Nov. 2011
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00681QFJK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,656 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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SYNOPSIS: Of Make Way for Tomorrow, Orson Welles told Peter Bogdanovich: Oh my God that s the saddest movie ever made. Leo McCarey s personal favourite among all his films (which included The Awful Truth and An Affair to Remember) is sad, yes, but it also stands as cathartic affirmation of the dignity of human feeling, and in the testament of such achieves a subtle complexity of characterisation on par with Renoir, Ford, and Hawks. 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.

Unrelentingly unsentimental, Make Way for Tomorrow exerted a powerful influence on Ozu s Tokyo Story and several other key entries in the Japanese master s body of work. It is a film that, to give Welles the last word, could make a stone cry. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Leo McCarey s truly great Make Way for Tomorrow for the first time on Blu-ray anywhere in the world, as part of this Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) edition.


  • Newly restored 1080p HD encode in the film s original aspect ratio
  • Peter Bogdanovich discussing McCarey and the film [20:00]
  • Gary Giddins discussing the film s social and political contexts [21:00]
  • Optional English subtitles (SDH) for the deaf and hearing-impaired
  • Lengthy booklet featuring a new essay on the film by writer and Library of America editor Geoffrey O Brien, and an excerpt from Josephine Lawrence s source novel Years Are So Long

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'Make Way For Tomorrow' is a film that deals with a subject that is seldom dealt with in film: becoming old and forced to depend on your children for support. Interestingly enough, Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story, one of the most critically acclaimed films of all time, uses a very similar concept to 'Make Way For Tomorrow', and Ozu himself stated that he had been heavily influenced by this film when directing Tokyo Story. However, many people have heard of 'Tokyo Story', and as I said earlier, it consistently ranks towards the top of 'Best Ever Movie' polls, but 'Make Way For Tomorrow' unaccountably seems to have become almost forgotten. Make no mistake, 'Make Way For Tomorrow' is a seriously good yet deeply depressing film. I think the biggest problem facing this film, and director Leo McCarey at the time, is that it's simply very, very un-Hollywood

By 1937, Leo McCarey was an experienced filmmaker. With hundreds of movies to his name, he'd built up a solid reputation in Hollywood, working with Laurel and Hardy amongst others, and had four years previously directed the best of all the Marx Brothers' films, Duck Soup. However, McCarey himself considered 'Make Way For Tomorrow' his favourite of all his films. When, in 1938, he won an Academy Award for directing The Awful Truth, he stated in his acceptance speech that he believed they had given it him for the wrong picture.
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Amazing performances from the two leads and amazing it got made in a way. Heartbreakingly convincing as it gathers to a its emotional climax but beautifully scripted and only bettered by Tokyo Story in that that film has an even more sombre context of societal sadness (and the greatest director ever)which is also never mentioned and thus loses the slightest vestiges of sentimentality this might contain. In any case, despite war or depression, both films say something universally relevant and honest, especially about the children who are culpable but somehow know they are - if they were just scum then we could hate them, but we can't, because we are like them too.
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Great, great picture. Not for all, because it present the reality of the elderly in an ungratefulness situation without sentimentality. A masterpiece. For me the best film by McCarey. And one of the best films of all time.
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