Norman Jewison's multiple Oscar-winning Moonstruck will screen outdoors in Lincoln Plaza for free. The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera will co-host the free screening August 22 in front of the opera house, where original key scenes from the 1987 film starring Cher, Nicolas Cage, and Olympia Dukakis were filmed.
The screening is a "special tease" for the Met Opera’s 10-day "Summer HD Festival," which begins the following day, Saturday, August 23 and continues through Monday, September 1. Summer HD Festival will allow opera fans the opportunity to watch 10 of the Met’s most popular Live in HD productions from past seasons for free. There are 3,100 seats available on a first-come, first-served basis, with additional space for crowds on the plaza for Moonstruck and the festival.
Cher won Best Actress, while Olympia Dukakis won Best Supporting Actress and John Patrick Shanley took an Oscar for Original Screenplay at the 1988 Academy Awards. The film centers on Loretta Castorini (Cher), a Brooklyn bookkeeper who finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she agreed to marry—the best friend of her late husband, who died seven years earlier. Roger Ebert stated in the Chicago Sun-Times about the film when it was first released: “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."
The classic pivotal scene in the film: “Meet Me at the Met,” declares the maimed baker Ronny Cammareri, portrayed by Nicolas Cage. “Where’s the Met?” replies frumpy Loretta Castorini, played by Cher, in a Brooklyn-accented turn. Cue the opening strains of La Bohème’s third act and cut to the fountain in the Lincoln Center Plaza. Cher sports a new dress and hairdo, Cage is in a tux, and so begins one of cinema’s great opera sequences. Seldom has an opera house played such a central role in the movies as the Met does in Norman Jewison’s Moonstruck.