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Story of a Love Affair (1950)

Cronaca di un amore (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 30 April 1975 (USA)
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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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 ...
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Nardo Rimediotti
Renato Burrini
Vittorio Manfrino
Vittoria Mondello ...
Matilde
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Fashion show presentator
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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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Where Antonioni begins...his first feature film

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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A semi- remake, semi- rebuke of the philosophy and morality of Double Indemnity.
6 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

This is Antonioni's first feature. Released in 1950, it seems to me both a harbinger of the auturer's mature style while also being a semi- remake, semi- rebuke of Double Indemnity., from only a few years prior. .

There is an extraordinary shot in this film, pure Antonioni, when the lovers meet on a bridge. The view is 360 degrees, we're not sympathizing with one lover more than the other. As the camera moves around its axis, our focus goes much beyond our traditionally intended targets as ship workers in the distance cohabitate the deepest focus with the characters we are following, who bicker over the merits of violating social morality.

If Double Indemnity is fatalistic, this work is nihilistic. If traditional Noir-narrative leads to certain doom, this story leads to only one finality, and that is the randomness and chaos of life, death and love. In that way, this work reminded me most of Woody Allen's late- career "thrillers"-Match Point and Cassandra's Dream.


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