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also known as Cronaca di un amore | Chronicle of a Love

Story of a Love Affair 1950

  • 4.0
STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR is the legendary Michelangelo Antonioni's debut feature, a powerful statement on the delusions and violence sparked by a passionate love. This deeply tragic romance already exhibits the astonishing formal control and penetrating insights into the human condition that would later make him famous in films like IL GRIDO, L'AVVENTURA and BLOW-UP. A wealthy industrialist becomes curious about his trophy wife Paola's (Lucia Bosé) past and hires a private investigator. The detective discovers that she had fallen desperately in love with the handsome Guido (Massimo Girotti) as a young girl and may have participated in a crime to win his hand. After years apart, Paola and Guido reunite to deflect the investigation and rekindle their attraction in the process. As events spiral out of their control, a murder may blaze their only path to freedom. One of the great debut features in movie history, STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR effortlessly weaves lust, class and the repercussions of violence into a crime movie melodrama you will not soon forget.

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Debut narrative feature by the great Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni.

Member Reviews (4)

OK, but story doesn't quite conflate, good tension but drama not well packed, so we couldn't be less interested in what happens to the characters, could care less about the climax. It needed a re-write.

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I loved this film from the very first moment, the film is a masterpiece, one which I believe will stand the test of time, like most of Antonini's work.

The unsurpassed beauty of Antonioni's visual art lifts this fairly average story and it's people into the exalted realm of the senses. Each scene is so tastefully done, and one can see the slight differences in each segment, yet the film works seamlessly, a beautiful piece of work by one of the all time masters of film.

not enough love in the love affair,plenty of grief,brings up a question,is this smoking hot love worth it?? play some golf read the paper,nap eat dinner,better off!!!!!this film was pretty good,not hot enough

it was alright