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Leave Her to Heaven (1945) Gets a Whirlwind Criterion Release

The Criterion Collection released Leave Her to Heaven to Blu-ray on March 24, 2020. John M. Stahl directed the film starring Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, and Jeanne Crain.

‘Leave Her to Heaven’ Criterion Synopsis

Novelist Richard Harland (Cornel Wilde) seems to have found the perfect woman in Ellen (Gene Tierney), a beautiful socialite who initiates a whirlwind romance and steers him into marriage before he can think twice. Yet the glassy surface of Ellen’s devotion soon reveals monstrous depths, as Richard comes to realize that his wife is shockingly possessive and may be capable of destroying anyone who comes between them. A singular Hollywood masterpiece that draws freely from the women’s picture and film noir alike, Leave Her to Heaven boasts elegant direction by melodrama specialist John M. Stahl, blazing Technicolor cinematography by Leon Shamroy, and a chilling performance by Tierney, whose Ellen is a femme fatale unlike any other—a woman whose love is as pure as it is poisonous.

Leave Her to Heaven was restored by Twentieth Century Fox and the Academy Film Archive, with support from The Film Foundation.

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  • New 2K digital restoration by Twentieth Century Fox, the Academy Film Archive, and The Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by novelist Megan Abbott

New cover illustration by Flore Maquin

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20th Century Fox released Leave Her to Heaven on December 20 1945. John M. Stahl directed the film starring Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, and Jeanne Crain.

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