The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera will present a free screening of Norman Jewison’s award-winning film Moonstruck on August 22 at 8pm. The screening will be held in the Lincoln Center plaza. This setting is fitting since the key scenes in Moonstruck were filmed in front of the opera house.
The screening kicks off the Met Opera’s 10-day Summer HD Festival, which will begin the following day: Saturday, August 23. The Summer HD Festival runs from August 23rd until Monday, September 1. Attendees will watch 10 of the Met’s most popular productions from past seasons Live in HD for free! There are 3,100 seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Moonstruck is a charming 1987 romantic comedy starring Cher and Nicolas Cage. It was was nominated for five Academy Awards. Two of the three winning awards were best supporting actress, Olympia Dukakis and best screenplay, John Patrick Shanley. Cher’s received some recognition for Best Actress, though she didn't win the Oscar.
Roger Ebert was charmed by the film in the 80's. He stated in the Chicago Sun-Times: “Reviews of the movie tend to make it sound like a madcap ethnic comedy, and that it is. But there is something more here, a certain bittersweet yearning that comes across as ineffably romantic, and a certain magical quality.”
In the film's climatic scene Cage's character, baker Ronny Cammareri tells Loretta: “Meet me at the Met,” “Where’s the Met?” asks Loretta Castorini, played by Cher, in a thick Brooklyn accent. The film cuts the the fountain at Lincoln Center and we hear La Bohème’s glorious third act. Cher is all dolled up for the occasion and Cage is in a tux. The Met plays an integral role in Norman Jewison’s Moonstruck.
The free screening of Moonstruck will take place on August 22nd 2014 at 8pm at Lincoln Center. For more information visit http://www.filmlinc.com/.