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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 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.

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Special Features New, restored high-definition digital transfer 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 Raphaelson and film critic Richard Corliss recorded at the Museum of Modern Art in 1977 Lubitsch home piano recordings Original theatrical trailer A new essay by film scholar William Paul English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

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