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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.



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

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