Capital Celluloid - Day 11: Tuesday Jan 11, 2011

Make Way For Tomorrow: BFI Southbank, NFT1 8.45pm

If there is one film I am looking forward to seeing this month more than any other this is it. Part of the excellent Long Goodbye season, this Leo McCarey-directed 1937 melodrama is apparently a Hollywood one-off and not to be missed.  Make Way For Tomorrow concerns the travails of an elderly couple whose five children won’t take them in when they hit hard times during America’s depression.

Orson Welles said the film “would make a stone cry” and the influential critic Robin Wood, who wrote so movingly of the movie in his book Sexual Politics and Narrative Film, put in his all-time top ten.

The film is also screening on January 16th and 18th at BFI Southbank and here’s an extract.

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