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Story of a Love Affair

(Cronaca di un amore)

Imported Print


Lucia Bosè, Massimo Girotti, Ferdinando Sarmi, Gino Rossi,

Set in Milan, a sparklingly lurid cityscape, Story of a Love Affair tells of a wealthy industrialist who hires a private eye to investigate the past of his young wife, Paola (Lucia Bosè). The investigation turns up a former lover, Guido (Massimo Girotti), and the possibility of both lovers’ implication in the death of Guido’s girlfriend. Guido and Paola renew their affair, but with her new status, Paola can no longer live on love alone . . . Antonioni’s first feature owes much to James M. Cain and film noir, but already, ten years before L’avventura, he shifts the focus away from the Postman toward his own preoccupations. The director’s distanced camera and seeming dispassion are in evidence, turning a torrid love story into a tale of free-floating anxiety, inevitable corruption, and betrayal in postwar industrial society.

Judy Bloch
  • Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Daniele d’Anza
  • Silvio Giovaninetti
  • Francesco Maselli
  • Piero Tellini
Based On
  • a story by Antonioni

  • Enzo Serafin
  • Italian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 110 mins
  • Cinecittà
  • Kino Lorber

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Michelangelo Antonioni: interiores burgueses con figura (program), Institut Valencià de l'Audiovisual i de Cinematografia Ricardo Muñoz Suay, Domènec Font, 2010

Michelangelo Antonioni: modernist master (press release), San Francisco Film Society, 1999

Modernist master: Michelangelo Antonioni (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 1993

'Dear Antonioni...' : the complete works of Michelangelo Antonioni (program note), Film Society of Lincoln Center, Kathleen Murphy, 1992

Cronaca di un amore (program note), Film Society of Lincoln Center, 1992

Story of a love affair (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 1989

Story of a love affair (review), Boston Phoenix, Michael Sragow, 1984

An Antonioni landmark film (review), Los Angeles Times, Linda Gross, 1978

[Story of a love affair] (review), New York Magazine, 1975

Story of a love affair (review), Catholic Film Newsletter, 1975

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