Deceased turn-of-the-century playboy Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche) presents himself to the outer offices of Hades, where he asks a bemused Satan for permission to enter through the gates of hell. Though the devil doubts that Henry’s sins qualify him for eternal damnation, Henry proceeds to recount a lifetime of wooing and pursuing women, his long, happy marriage to Martha (Gene Tierney) notwithstanding. Ernst Lubitsch’s Heaven Can Wait
, nominated for Academy Awards for best picture and director, is an enduring classic that showcases his trademark blend of wit, urbanity, and grace.
- New video conversation between film critics Molly Haskell and Andrew Sarris
- Creativity with Bill Moyers: A Portrait of Samson Raphaelson (1982), a 30-minute program exploring the screenwriter’s life and career
- Audio seminar with Samson Raphaelson and film critic Richard Corliss recorded at the Museum of Modern Art in 1977
- Lubitsch home piano recordings
- Original theatrical trailer
- Insert featuring a new essay by film scholar William Paul