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Heaven Can Wait

Film

Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

Heaven Can Wait

G

10 Feb

Lubitsch’s first colour film is a remarkably gentle and deeply humanistic fantasy featuring Don Ameche as an inveterate ladies’ man who calmly accepts he has lived a life of sin and debauchery while recounting his past and requesting admission to hell.

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  • Poking sly fun at the manners, décor, costumes and naughtiness of the turn of the century and beyond, the film’s locales shift luminously between highly stylized renditions of old New York, Kansas City and the streamlined gates of hell. Exquisite performances by Charles Coburn and the breathtaking Gene Tierney.

    Received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Directing and Cinematography. Recently restored by the Academy Film Archive and 20th Century Fox in collaboration with The Film Foundation.