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Beauty in the Movies: Moonstruck

This week we spend Beauty in the Movies under a full moon in Brooklyn surrounded by lovable characters in the film Moonstruck, which will keep you laughing as you contemplate the deepest parts of life and love.

Loretta Castorini (Cher) is a 37-year-old Italian-American widow living in her family’s brownstone in Brooklyn Heights. When her boyfriend Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello) proposes marriage before he leaves for Italy to visit his dying mother, she accepts. Johnny then tasks her with inviting his estranged brother Ronny (Nicolas Cage with his original teeth) to their wedding. When Loretta visits Ronny at his bakery she finds a tortured man with a wooden hand, who blames his brother for his troubles. After cooking him a steak and analyzing his problems, Loretta finds herself aggressively in love with her future brother-in-law.

Meanwhile, Loretta’s parents are engaged in dramas of their own. Her mother, Rose (Olympia Dukakis), is sure her husband, Cosmo (Vincent Gardenia), is cheating. Rose’s suspicions send her on a quest for answers from any man she can find, including an NYU professor (John Mahoney) who chases his female students.

Cher won an academy award for her acting in this film, but she is just one of many wonderful performances given in Moonstruck. There are amazing supporting characters including Loretta’s aunt (Julie Bovasso), uncle (Louis Guss), and grandfather (Italian actor Feodor Chaliapin Jr.) all of whom convey an incredible amount of personality in the short time they’re on screen.

Opera plays a large part in the film, Puccini’s La bohème specifically. The story doesn’t mirror the opera, but the lives of these characters weave themselves into their own larger-than-life opera as the story progresses towards the climactic finale. The writing is fantastic, the dialogue has a rhythm found primarily in New York Italian families, but it works so easily that it doesn’t feel strained or stereotypical, which is quite a feat.

Moonstruck is about three things—love, family, and death, maybe food too, but mostly it’s about those three essential parts of life. This film gives us the, sometimes much-needed, affirmation that we will all die someday—which is why it’s so important to live. Loretta is about to marry a man she doesn’t love because it’s practical, but life intervenes in her plans and she is powerless to stop it. Often in life what is the most logical choice isn’t what feels right to us, and that’s what makes humans such interesting creatures.

This film handles topics that could easily fall into cliché (marriage, cheating, romance) but it does so in a way that feels real and even surprising. While it might be a romantic comedy, it’s also about knowing who you are and what you want, not just finding your perfect someone. Often, films about love are lacking in anything but romance, but love comes in many forms and is only one part of the larger story of a person’s life. Moonstruck gives us the bigger view, love and death exist everywhere and they’re constantly interacting to give life new meaning—what really matters is that you can accept both when they come into your life, and of course, don’t forget to look up at that beautiful moon every once in a while.

Moonstruck

 

 

 

Moonstruck by justinez featuring soft leather gloves

Ribbon taffetta short dress Red
77 GBP – houseoffraser.co.uk
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Cardigan
$54 – yesstyle.com
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Wiley Silk Button Down Top
$40 – metroparkusa.com
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Double-breasted tweed coat
$818 – theoutnet.com
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Lucida® Wedding band ring
655 EUR – tiffany.com
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Gold Hammered Double Drop Earrings
35 EUR – pret-a-beaute.com
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Viviane Earrings
$220 – charmandchain.com
Dannijo jewelry »

Cross pendant
705 EUR – tiffany.com
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Black Opera Gloves
$123 – unitedbamboo.com
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NARS Nail Polish
$16 – barneys.com


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Beauty in the Movies: Mermaids

Looking back at images of beauty that have made a great impression on me throughout my life, I’ve noticed that there are films which have left a permanent mark on what appeared as beautiful to me, both in ways that I could relate to, and also in admiration of the beauty of others. As Netflix likes to tell me, many of my favorite films feature “strong female leads”, which is true. Unfortunately, they make very few movies that fall in to that realm. In fact there is this thing called the-Bechdel-test which is a way of gauging the prevalence of female representation in movies. It was created by a very smart woman named Allison Bechdel. You can read all about it here, but the basis of the test involves asking these three questions about any movie:

1. Are there two or more women in it who have names?

2. Do the two women ever talk to each other?

3. Do they talk to each other about something other than a man?

When you first read these questions you think, “God that’s silly, of course tons of movies must answer all three of those questions positively” and then you stop and think for a minute and go “wait, oh my god, that sucks, why are there no movies for women that don’t revolve around men or shopping? AHHH” and then you get really upset until you go watch Mermaids and Cher sings and cheers you up, and you remember that there are some good movies for us females.

We should promote and encourage more films that explore all aspects of female existence to be made. Because really, as much as relationships are a part of life, there are so many more topics to cover, and women really seem to just get pigeonholed into these love-sick shopaholics, and we are all so much more than that aren’t we?

So anyway, my point is, every week (on Friday because it’s movie night, duh!) I am going to post about one of these great movies that actually show the diversity of women, and also gives us inspiring images of beauty both in and out. So send me your suggestions too! I’ll make fun collages, it will be great!


Now let me get to Mermaids, this movie had a profound effect on my life when I was 7, I wanted to be Cher, Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci all at once. I loved this movie so much, and still do, that I’d like to share a little anecdote.

Here is a picture of my sister and I in matching outfits (my mother claims this only happened a few times, but I think it happened more) you can see by my sister’s dress that the skirt is supposed to be loose and A-line. Well, I wanted to be just like Cher, so in this big family photo, I decided to knot my skirt in the back so it would be tight like Cher’s right before my dad snapped the photo. I was a pretty bad ass kid. Nobody even noticed, but I was happy, and I still get a kick out of looking at it.

Mermaids centers around the story of Rachel Flax, a single mom who moves to a small Massachusetts town with her two daughters (Ryder and Ricci) in 1963. She cuts sandwiches into fun shapes with cookie cutters, wears fabulous outfits, and actually has a realistic relationship with her kids. Winona Ryder’s character, Charlotte, falls for the hunky groundskeeper (Jake from Sixteen Candles) at the nearby convent, and struggles with questions of religion, sex, and abandonment by her father. The movie also covers Kennedy’s assassination, an adorable Christina Ricci as a swimming champion, Bob Hoskins making an amazing night-light, and so much more.  There is a great soundtrack too, my favorite camp counselor used to have us sing The Shoop Shoop Song (Does he love Me?) on the bus, it was the best summer.

So if you’ve never seen Mermaids (or even if you have) I highly recommend checking it out, and if you find yourself as inspired by Cher’s sexy, fun, 60’s looks in the film as I was, here is a little shopping guide to help you get the look:

Puckered Sleeve Dot Cardigan
$24 – canada.forever21.com
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Cornelli Cardi
30 GBP – missselfridge.com
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Top
$650 – marni.com
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darla bracelet
25 GBP – coast-stores.com
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Black False Lashes
$6 – mydivascloset.com


Have a great weekend everyone!

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