Event | Film and Video Screenings "Make Way For Tomorrow" (Paramount, 1937)

Date and Location

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After a bank forecloses on their home, an elderly couple must separate and move in with their selfish and ungrateful adult children. Orson Welles called it a film "that would make a stone cry," it served as a template for Yasujiro Ozu’s masterpiece "Tokyo Story," and director Leo McCarey considered it a personal favorite among his films. Despite all that, and notwithstanding the prominent champions it had over the years (John Ford and Jean Renoir were fans), "Make Way for Tomorrow" has been consistently overlooked as a classic of American cinema and to this day is not as well-known as it deserves to be. A love story among the elderly with a brutally honest view of old age, the film made no concessions to popular taste at a time when sentimentality and happy endings were the norm (New York Herald Tribune called it "a picture that violates every cinematic rule"). Selected for the National Film Registry in 2010. New print acquired as a gift from Universal Pictures.

Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Contact: 202.707.5677.