Fifth about The Seventh

Make Way for Tomorrow

Make Way for Tomorrow: Leo McCarey doesn’t pull any punches in creating an absolutely heartbreaking drama; the starting point is completely believable, the story evolves organically, and mixes moments of levity as well as great sweetness, which accentuate how moving the whole situation is. Still, the film avoids being overly melodramatic. It’s also refreshing that the characters aren’t black-or-white, but all shades of grey, some darker than others. Acting is very emotionally subdued and convincing, by the whole cast; Beulah Bondi and Victor Moore are great separately, not one false note in their performances, and additionally display a touching, quiet, used-to-each-other on-screen chemistry. Visually, the film is simple and quietly efficient; all sparks are in the story and performances.

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