Loretta Castorini, a Brooklyn bookkeeper in her late 30s whose husband died several years earlier in a bus accident, decides it's time to get married again. So she accepts the proposal of a nice, middle-aged fellow named Johnny Cammareri. Loretta is convinced her first marriage was cursed because she and her husband had gotten married at City Hall; this time, she's determined to do things right, even as she admits to her mother, Rose, that she's not really in love with Johnny. (To which Rose replies: "Good. When you love them, they drive you crazy, 'cause they know they can." Rose speaks from rueful experience; she suspects, with good reason, that her husband, Cosmo, is cheating on her.) Loretta is convinced that marrying Johnny is the safe and sure thing to do - until she meets his estranged younger brother Ronny, who tends the ovens in a neighborhood bakery. Loretta discovers that in startling contrast to the pleasant, mild-mannered Johnny, Ronny is moody and passionate; what follow... Written by
Eugene Kim <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Life. Family. Love.
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When Loretta is talking to Cosmo in the kitchen, we hear and see her tearing at the capsule on the wine bottle. In the next shot, we can still see the bottle and hear the tearing, but Loretta's hand is not there. See more
[Bobo shows up with the dessert cart
Would you like some dessert?
[looks at the cart
You know I really shouldn't.
Will you marry me?
Bobo, take the cart away.
Veddy good, miss.
Performed by Renata Tebaldi
and Carlo Bergonzi
Courtesy of Polygram Special Projects, a division of Polygram Records, Inc.
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa
and Luigi Illica
with Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (uncredited)
Conducted by Tullio Serafin
(Act I: "Questo 'Mar Rosso' mi ammollisce e assidera" / Act I: "O soave fanciulla" / Act II: "Quando men' vo" / Act III: "Addio... Donde lieta usci al tuo grido d'amore") See more