Or, to be more accurate, Heaven's town hall/courthouse and Hell's outer office. From Powell and Pressburger's 1946 A Matter Of Life And Death and Ernst Lubitsch's 1943 Heaven Can Wait, respectively. Such whimsy and imagination, no? Tomorrow I'm seeing The Lovely Bones, directed by Peter Jackson from his and Fran Walsh's and Phillipa Boyens's script, from Alice Sebold's novel. The picture's been getting some critical stick for its own depiction of heaven, but I'm looking forward to making up my own mind. Was I more excited about the prospect of this picture when Lynne Ramsay was set to direct it? I cannot tell a lie: yes. But I am a long-time admirer of Jackson's and am eager to take in his vision.
I will also be conducting an interview with Jackson, soon, for The Auteurs', and I won't be asking my own stupid questions: I'll be asking the best of questions that readers have suggested on a forum that you yourself can access by going here, if you're interested, and a registered member, which you definitely should be. Don't leave questions on THIS thread, please. Instead, why not discuss your own favorite cinematic depictions of heaven, and hell, thus far?