Warning: Odds are, this film will make you cry. Released in 1937, Leo McCarey's classic melodrama Make Way For Tomorrow
will fill you with more guilt about how you've treated your parents than a Jewish and Catholic upbringing combined. Even a force as cantankerous as Orson Welles proclaimed that it would "make a stone cry." The plot features an aging couple (played by Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi) whose house is foreclosed in the days before Social Security. They're forced to seek shelter with their various grown, ungrateful children, for whom their presence serves as a disruption and an annoyance. McCarey won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1937... not for this, but for his screwball comedy The Awful Truth
. He told the Academy, "Thanks, but you gave me this for the wrong picture."
The film was released on DVD by the Criterion Collection last year. A Paramount Archives print shows as part of the NC Museum of Art's Winter/Spring Film Series (curated by Independent contributor Laura Boyes) at 8 p.m., and for God's sake, make sure you have your mom and dad on speed-dial for afterward. You'll be apologizing for things you don't even remember doing. Tickets are $5, or $3.50 for students and members of the NCMA, Cinema Inc. or Galaxy Cinema. —Zack Smith