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Film Overview - Moonstruck

            When a full moon hangs over an Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn, it hits the residents "in the eye like a big pizza pie" and amore happens. "Moonstruck" is the 1987 blockbuster film directed by Norman Jewison, produced by Patrick Palmer and Norman Jewison; with an Oscar winning cast, making up the American Italian families affected by the full moon, and a great romantic comedy follows. In the movie Moonstruck, the opening scene begins with a bright full moon. The light of the moon emphasizes the skylights of Manhattan and gives a particular ambiance to the streets below. The camera frames the front of the Metropolitan Opera House, and the poster of La Boheme, while showing Loretta Castorini crossing a street The Met's Scenery truck drives by linking Loretta with the opera later in the film (Citron, M. J. 2008). .
             Ronny Cammareri extends his gloved, wooden hand to the engaged Loretta Castorini and invites her upstairs to his bed, he professes his love to her and when she resists, he empathically states, "Love don't make things nice. It ruins everything. It breaks your heart. It makes things a mess. We aren't here to make things perfect. The snowflakes are perfect. The stars are perfect. Not us. Not us! We are here to ruin ourselves and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and die" (Cage, 1987). Love is not perfect, and marriage is not perfect, we will stray, and we will become withdrawn; yet we will still engage in this sanctity; hoping we will be renewed. There are several themes in the film Moonstruck, the obvious love; also the sanctity of marriage, superstition, and death, it is the music that defines the tone of each scene; but it is the music of the opera of La Boheme that relates to the lives of the characters in Moonstruck. .
             Widowed Loretta Castorini (Cher) feels she has bad luck because she eloped instead of a Catholic Church wedding, so she agrees to marry a man she does not love, Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello).

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