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HEAVEN CAN WAIT

1:00   6:50

Sunday, June 11

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

Starring Gene Tierney

(1943) Aged roué Don Ameche enters an Art Moderne Hell to demand admittance from “His Excellency” Laird Cregar – and then the flashbacks begin, from his upbringing by clueless upper-class parents to his (double) elopement with supremely understanding Gene Tierney. New DCP restoration. Approx. 112 min.

Reviews

“SUBLIME!”
– ARTFORUM

Heaven Can Wait may be 73 years old, but it’s vibrant and alive, and teaching us anew the central language of film. This is a movie to listen to closely, but watch it just as intently. Lubitsch’s staging of the long stretches of dialogue seems straightforward enough, but the physical path from A to Z in a given scene turns out to be extraordinarily complex — once you start to notice — and so virtuosic you may want to applaud.”
– The Village Voice 

“You’ll be shocked that something this witty got past the censors.”
– Time Out

“Lubitsch’s testament, full of grace, wisdom and romance.”
– Jonathan Rosenbaum

“Brought back a time when people really made good movies… Like hearing Louis Armstrong at his best.”
– James Agee