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Rosalie (Tracey Ullman, l.), her husband, Joey (Kevin Kline), and her mother, Nadja (Joan Plowright), share a quiet moment in the comic love story "I LOVE YOU TO DEATH," a Tri-Star Pictures presentation of a Chestnut Hill Production of a Lawrence Kasdan Film. Kasdan directed the film, which was produced by Jeffrey Lurie and Ron Moler and written by John Kostmayer. The executive producers are Charles Okun and Michael Grillo.
Roizman and Kasdan agreed that they were not going to shoot "I Love You to Death" to look like a comedy.
"I tried to keep it on the dark side wherever possible," Roizman says, because the story, although a comedy, is dark and Kasdan prefers the richness of low-key, realistic images.
Following the completion of location work, the company returned to Hollywood to film the interior of the Boca house and smaller sets on stages at Raleigh Studios.
The home decorating in the Boca household, as envisioned by production designer Kilvert, reflects Rosalie's state of mind.
"Rosalie did not have a plan; nothing quite fits together," Kilvert says. "She's so busy trying not to see what's actually happening in her life that her projects don't work out. The tilting teacup wallpaper in her kitchen is like a metaphor for Rosalie; she's piling up all these teacups, hoping that they won't fall over."
Costume designer Aggie Guerard Rodgers made certain that the actors were dressed as realistically as possible. Rosalie looks like a small-town working-class mother who has opted for comfort over style; Joey, when he removes his pizza apron for a night out, dresses like the flamboyant extrovert that he is; Nadja has collected an eclectic wardrobe from thrift shops; Devo loves '60s hippie clothes and jewelry; and Harlan and Marlon wear outfits that defy explanation.
Ultimately, producer Ron Moler says, "I Love You to Death" is a "love story in that love survives five attempted murders. In the end, Joey Boca realizes how much his wife loves him and how much he loves her."