The life of a Norwegian immigrant family in 1910 San Francisco centers around Mama and her detailed, pennywise household budget. We follow the Hansens' small joys, sorrows, and aspirations, with the boisterous antics of Uncle Chris as counterpoint. Written by
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In order to physically submerse herself in the role of Mama, Irene Dunne wore no make up and used body padding to make herself appear heavier. See more »
In the shots of the uncle's trip to San Francisco, as the ferry is pulling into the dock, the Oakland Bay Bridge is seen in the background. This bridge was not built until 1933, yet this movie is set circa 1910. See more »
This film beautifully--and honestly--captures the importance and dignity of family without ever resorting to platitudes or mawkish sentimentality (though there is quite a bit of very truthful and touching sentiment throughout). I am always particularly struck by the sensitive treatment of the climactic episode about the death of Uncle Chris: this truly is one of the best depictions of death in cinema, touching on all the anger, disappointment, humor, regret, etc., that are attendant on the experience of a family member's passing. The cinematography and lighting in this segment of the film are particularly striking, and the sequence is genuinely moving. "I Remember Mama" would be worth watching for this episode alone, but virtually every other element in the film is of the same high caliber.
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