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Story of a Love Affair (1950)
"Cronaca di un amore" (original title)

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Paola is a young, beautiful woman married to a wealthy entrepreneur. She meets her former lover Guido after seven years, but their relationship is marked by tragic events.

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Credited cast:
Lucia Bosé ...
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Guido
Ferdinando Sarmi ...
Enrico Fontana
Gino Rossi ...
Carloni, the detective
Marika Rowsky ...
Joy, the model
Rosi Mirafiore ...
Barmaid
Rubi D'Alma ...
Paola's friend
Anita Farra
Carlo Gazzabini
Nardo Rimediotti
Renato Burrini
Vittorio Manfrino
Vittoria Mondello ...
Matilde
Franco Fabrizi ...
Fashion show presentator
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Gino Cervi
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Paola (Lucia Bose) is the beautiful and jealously-guarded younger wife of a shady factory owner, Enrico Fontana (Ferdinando Sarmi). In order to investigate her romantic history he hires a private detective, which ironically brings Paola back into contact with former lover Guido (Massimo Girotti), with whom she resurrects a lost passion. Dogged by the suspicions of their respective mates, they are drawn closer to each other in the face of adversity, and begin to plot Enrico's demise. But when the challenge of being together falls away, will the passion start to wane? A masterpiece of intensity and finely-wrought emotion. Written by Mr Bongo

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At the time of filming, 19 year old star Lucia Bosé was Miss Italy 1947. She was also one of Michelangelo Antonioni's girlfriends. See more »

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After Paola says, "Leave me alone," the camera moves to follow her as she collapses onto her bed. In the upper right corner of the frame, a white drape can be briefly seen before it is pulled out of the path of the camera. See more »

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Referenced in Antonioni: Documents and Testimonials (1966) See more »

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Story Of A Love Affair
15 January 2012 | by (Cairo, Egypt) – See all my reviews

Billed as Antonioni's very first feature-length debut, and started his auteurism career, CRONACA DI UN AMORE revolves around a noir story about a female fatale conspiring a scheme to kill her rich husband with her ex-lover. The film is a mediocre attempt for Antonioni to ooze his budding genius, ending with a patchy denouement.

The narrative goes smoothly but lingers too long with a third-party interference with a wooden detective (Gino Rossi, also the general manager of the film), then this sub-plot submerges into a void most of the subsequent running time, only resurfaces sporadically in-between, also a guilty-ridden murder case turns out just a futile storyline adornment.

The cast, a new-comer Lucia Bosé (whom I saw in Prague several weeks ago in an exhibition opening, I wish I had taken some photos, being an octogenarian, her dyed blue hair is drolly avant-garde) was 19 years old at year, while her rawness to impersonate an experienced temptress was feeble enough to allow the outfits eclipse her character, so as well the late Massimo Girotti, whose dashing wind coat is never outmoded even after 60 years.

Emotionally poignant is a typical kick from this Italian film (sometimes it is even saccharine, but it could be the Italian style which rooted in the blood), at the age of 38, Antonioni had already acquired a great sense of enact an environmental dramatism, while dialogues are over- exploited in this one, which is too tedious and old-fashioned to be appreciated by people around my age, personally I prefer a more subtle approach, like CASABLANCA (1942) or THE BIG SLEEP (1946), yes Humphrey Bogart's distinctive charisma is the killing!


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