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Leave Her to Heaven

March 5, 2020, 7:00 PM9:00 PM


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.” – Criterion Collection

New 2K digital restoration by Twentieth Century Fox, the Academy Film Archive, and The Film Foundation.

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Screened in partnership with the Maine Historical Society, Colby College Special Collections, and the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, this film is the opening night feature for Maine in the Movies Festival. To celebrate Maine’s bicentennial, the Maine Film Center and 19 other arts and education organizations and independent cinemas have joined together to present from March 5-15, 2020, in 17 cities, this festival of 35 films set in Maine.

Three of these films will be shown in Waterville:

  • Leave Her to Heaven at 7:00 PM Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the Waterville Opera House,
  • Wet Hot American Summer at 7:00 PM Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Railroad Square, and
  • Empire Falls at 1:00 PM Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Railroad Square.


March 5, 2020
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Waterville Opera House
1 Common Street
Waterville, ME United States
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