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Heaven Can Wait


Dir. Ernst Lubitsch. 1943, 112 mins. 35mm. With Gene Tierney, Don Ameche, Charles Coburn. A turn-of-the-century New York playboy shows up at the gates of Hades, and presents his life to the Devil. Lubitsch’s only Technicolor film is a wonderful meditiation on death, love, and personal style, “Samson Raphaelson’s script is very close to perfection, the sumptuous period sets are a delight, and the secondary cast…(including Gene Tierney) is wonderful. In many respects, this is Lubitsch’s testament, full of grace, wisdom, and romance.”—Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader

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