Director Clint Eastwood and writer Peter Morgan knew they couldn't prove or disprove life after death. So their film Hereafter became a meditation on the human desire to understand what happens when we die.
Meet Sutton Vane, great-granddaddy of the afterlife drama. His play, Outward Bound, set the template for many of the films featured in the Library’s current film series, "Beyond this Vale of Tears: Hollywood visits the Afterlife."
Produced in 1946 at the behest of the British government, Stairway to Heaven from the writing-producing-directing team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger is one of the most satisfying film fantasies ever made.