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Saturday, September 23, 2023

Heaven Can Wait- A 1943 Movie Directed by Ernst Lubitsch - Starring Gene Tierney and Don Aoache- Run Time 1 hour and 47 Minutes

 This is the six movie directed by Ernst Lubitsch upon which I have posted.

Available on YouTube

Ernst Lubitsch

Born: January 29, 1892, Berlin, Germany

Died: November 30, 1947, Los Angeles, California, United States

My favourites so far are Ninotchka and To Be or Not to Be

The screenplay was by Samson Raphaelson based on the play Birthday by Ladislaus Bus-Fekete. The music score was by Alfred Newman and the cinematography by Edward Cronjager.

The film tells the story of a playboy named Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche) who dies and arrives at the entrance to Hell. The Devil (Laird Cregar) is not so sure that Henry deserves to go to Hell, so Henry recounts his life story, both good and bad.

Henry's story begins with his childhood as the spoiled only child of wealthy parents. He grows up to be a playboy, living a life of luxury and indulgence. However, he also has a good heart, and he is able to find love and happiness with his wife, Martha (Gene Tierney)
Henry's life is not without its flaws, however. He has a number of affairs, and he can be reckless and irresponsible. But even in his darkest moments, he always tries to do the right thing

Heaven Can Wait was a critical and commercial success upon its release. It was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography

Mel Ulm

1 comment:

Buried In Print said...

I thought I'd seen this, but quickly realised I was confusing it with "All This and Heaven Too" (also a great B&W film, melodramatic, based on the novel of the same name, both based on a "true story").