Friday, December 31, 2010

"Make Way for Tomorrow"

Someone on FB recently recommended this 1937 film by Leo McCarey (the man who paired Laurel and Hardy and directed Duck Soup, Going My Way, Bells of St. Mary's, The Awful Truth, An Affair to Remember), and it is indeed a neglected classic about an elderly couple who lose their house to the bank and become pawns in their children's manipulations to not assume responsibility for them.

It's honest and observant, never simplistic, beautifully acted (Beulah Bondi is especially memorable), and, in the end, deeply touching. Slate has a fine piece about it here. Read Roger Ebert's thoughts on Tomorrow here.

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