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Heaven Can Wait

Ernst Lubitsch

 
Heaven Can Wait (Criterion DVD)

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  • United States
  • 1943
  • 112 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #291

Deceased turn-of-the-century playboy Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche) presents himself to the outer offices of Hades, where he asks a bemused Satan for permission to enter the gates of hell. Though the devil doubts that Henry’s sins qualify him for eternal damnation, Henry proceeds to recount a lifetime of wooing and pursuing women, his long, happy marriage to Martha (Gene Tierney) notwithstanding. Ernst Lubitsch’s Heaven Can Wait, nominated for Academy Awards for best picture and director, is an enduring classic that showcases his trademark blend of wit, urbanity, and grace.

Cast

Henry Van CleveDon Ameche
MarthaGene Tierney
Hugo Van CleveCharles Coburn
Mrs. StrableMarjorie Main
His ExcellencyLaird Cregar
Bertha Van CleveSpring Byington
Albert Van CleveAllyn Joslyn
E. F. StrableEugene Pallette
Mademoiselle Signe Hasso
Rudolph Van CleveLouis Calhern
Peggy NashHelene Reynolds
JamesAubrey Mather

Credits

DirectorErnst Lubitsch
ScreenplaySamson Raphaelson
Based on a play by Lazlo Bus-Fekete
CinematographyEdward Cronjager
Technicolor directorNatalie Kalmus
MusicAlfred Newman
EditingDorothy Spencer, James Basevi and Leland Fuller
Set decorationThomas Little and Walter M. Scott
CostumesRené Hubert

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • New video conversation between film critics Molly Haskell and Andrew Sarris
  • Creativity with Bill Moyers: A Portrait of Samson Raphaelson (1982), a 30-minute program exploring the screenwriter’s life and career
  • Audio seminar with Raphaelson and film critic Richard Corliss recorded at the Museum of Modern Art in 1977
  • Lubitsch home piano recordings
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • A new essay by film scholar William Paul
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    New cover by Caitlin Kuhwald

Film Essays

Heaven Can Wait

By William PaulJune 13, 2005

Ernst Lubitsch was a big-city director. The historical dramas that he made in Germany in the . . . Read more »

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Tributes to Ernst Lubitsch

September 03, 2013


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Film Essays

Heaven Can Wait

By William PaulJune 13, 2005

Ernst Lubitsch was a big-city director. The historical dramas that he made in Germany in the . . . Read more »