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Heaven Can Wait

This may be the year for new cinephile converts to the cult of appreciation for the great Ernst Lubitsch. One of his last pictures but his first in color is this Production Code-defying tale of a serial philanderer and his relationship with the woman of his dreams, his wife. It’s stylized as a series of birthdays, and our hero is judged not by St. Peter but at the gates of Hades, by the fallen angel himself.

Heaven Can Wait

Blu-ray

The Criterion Collection 291

1943 / Color / 1:37 flat full frame / 112 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date August 21, 2018 / 39.95

Starring Gene Tierney, Don Ameche, Charles Coburn, Marjorie Main, Laird Cregar, Spring Byington, Allyn Joslyn, Eugene Pallette, Signe Hasso, Louis Calhern

Cinematography Edward Cronjager

Art Direction James Basevi, Leland Fuller

Film Editor Dorothy Spencer

Original Music Alfred Newman

Written by Samson Raphaelson from a play by Leslie Bush-Fekete

Produced and Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

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