MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,214 this week

Story of a Love Story (1973)

 -  Drama  -  24 May 1973 (Italy)
5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 59 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 1 critic

Harry is a married writer who has an affair with a woman whose husband knows that she is unfaithful. As a result of his work, Harry has trouble distinguishing between fantasy and reality ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(novel)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 17 titles
created 06 Feb 2012
 
list image
a list of 16 titles
created 15 Apr 2012
 
list image
a list of 9998 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 29 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 2159 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Story of a Love Story (1973)

Story of a Love Story (1973) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Story of a Love Story.
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Harry
...
Natalie
Michel Auclair ...
Georges
Evans Evans ...
Elizabeth
...
Woman
Sean Bury
Henri Czarniak
Mark Dightam ...
(as Marc Dightam)
Isabelle Giraud-Carrier
Michael McVey ...
(as Michael Mc. Vey)
Laurence de Monaghan ...
Cleo (as Laurence de Monagham)
André Rouille
Edit

Storyline

Harry is a married writer who has an affair with a woman whose husband knows that she is unfaithful. As a result of his work, Harry has trouble distinguishing between fantasy and reality leaving us to wonder whether the affair is real or just a figment of Harry's imagination. Written by David Claydon <dc6212@bristol.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

24 May 1973 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Story of a Love Story  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1984 VHS)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film never obtained a cinema release except for a limited release in Spain during 1978. The film was shown in cinemas in Paris in 1973 and 1974. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Some hard-to-see films are better left unseen
27 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's hard to believe a movie this such illustrious collaborators could be without interest, but "Story of a Love Story" is pretty hard to watch, testing patience even as an object of curiosity. No wonder it was barely released.

Bates and Sanda play people married--more or less happily--to others, though naturally their strong attraction (and on/off involvement) with each other creates marital problems. That's about it for plot, such as there is any. These characters are well-off, and they travel hotspots from Paris to Morocco just to wander about and pose against scenic backdrops. Bates is a writer; some of what we see is apparently from his writerly imagination rather than the real world, though like everything else here those divisions come off muddled and pointless.

Why the two lead figures are so into each other is baffling, particularly since the performers have zero chemistry. Sanda, who could act for the right director (Bertolucci etc.), is in her waxy ex-model mode here, beautiful as a Grecian statue and about as animated. The usually wonderful Bates is working so hard to be antic and likable here--perhaps to compensate for there being hardly any character to play--that he's actually rather grating. Director Frankenheimer's wife Evans Evans plays Bates' wife and Michel Auclair (twice Sanda's age and then some) plays the other husband. Both are dullish, but then they're not given much to work with.

"Story of a Love Story" has a lot of nudity (none male) without being erotic in the slightest; it has vaguely Fellini-esque fantasy sequences that Frankenheimer shows absolutely no flair for; both leads narrate at times, which adds to the sense that this movie is grasping at straws structurally. It's written by Nicholas Mosely, and the intentions (as well as their failure) are better understood if you know that it's based on one of his highly intellectual, idea-focused, challenging literary novels, which even their admirers often confess being unable to "follow" completely. (He also wrote "Accident," which works much better in Joseph Losey's film version. That movie suggests the kind of chilly meta-narrative gamesmanship that "Story" simply flails at--and even if it did a better job, would find those sharp edges curled by Michel Legrand's sugary score.)

In any case, whatever was being attempted here, it utterly fails, coming off as a murky international co-production soap opera with half-realized arty pretensions. Maybe Frankenheimer was just too literal-minded a director for this material (though it's hard to imagine anybody making some of the clumsy dialogue work). The movie might sound offbeat and interesting in description, but it's a thoroughly tedious failure in execution. (Too bad he and Bates only crossed paths twice, the other occasion being "The Fixer," which in its very different way is nearly as bad a literary adaptation.) Even a scene (SPOILER) in which a baby is accidentally drowned has no tension or drama, with Sanda actually seeming more bored than distraught.

Anyway, this is one of those "lost" films, difficult to see even originally and still very hard to find, that can seem like a Holy Grail until you've seen it--but then all you can do is shrug it off. The best (maybe the only good) thing about experiencing it is that you'll never have to, or want to, again.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is it just me...? woollyrockers
A classic? declan-may
Discuss Story of a Love Story (1973) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?