"It is troubling how many people expect applause, recognition, when they have not even begun to learn an art or craft. Instant success is the order of the day; 'I want it now!' I wonder whether this is not part of our corruption by machines. Machines do things very quickly and outside the natural rhythm of life, and we are indignant if a car doesn't start at the first try. So the few things that we still do, such as cooking (though there are TV dinners!), knitting, gardening, anything at all that cannot be hurried, have a very particular value." (May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude, W W Norton, 1973, 15.)

Film Lectio II - Moonstruck

Each human life is a tragicomic story

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Starts Wednesday 13 June
Moonstruck (1987) is directed by Norman Jewison. It stars Cher (as Loretta Castorini), Olympia Dukakis (as Rose, Cher’s mother), Danny Aiello (as Johnny Cammareri, who has proposed to Loretta) and Nicolas Cage (as Johnny’s brother, Ronnie). It is fair to call it a romantic comedy, focusing on New York Italian families. However, in a surprising and beautiful way, it gently probes some of the deeper questions of human existence: what is the relationship between love and romance, sex and death, authenticity and love, culture and identity?

Olympia Dukakis gives a particularly memorable performance.

Someone once described comedy as tragedy with timing. It was never more true than of this film.

Presenter: Marie Biddle RSJ MA MTh
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington St, The Rocks, Sydney
When: Three Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, 13 - 27 June
Repeated: Three Wednesday evenings, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 13 - 27 June
Cost: $30/per person

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