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.


Michelangelo Antonioni (story), Michelangelo Antonioni (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Lucia Bosè ... Paola Molon Fontana (as Lucia Bosé)
Massimo Girotti ... Guido
Ferdinando Sarmi Ferdinando Sarmi ... Enrico Fontana
Gino Rossi Gino Rossi ... Carloni, the detective
Marika Rowsky Marika Rowsky ... Joy, the model
Rosi Mirafiore Rosi Mirafiore ... Barmaid
Rubi D'Alma ... Paola's friend
Anita Farra Anita Farra
Carlo Gazzabini Carlo Gazzabini ... (as Carlo Gazzapini)
Nardo Rimediotti Nardo Rimediotti
Renato Burrini Renato Burrini
Vittorio Manfrino Vittorio Manfrino
Vittoria Mondello Vittoria Mondello ... Matilde
Franco Fabrizi ... Fashion show presentator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gino Cervi


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


Crime | Drama | Romance


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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The original negative was destroyed during a fire in 1989. See more »


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 »


Referenced in Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Money Programme (1972) See more »

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This DVD is an absolute must for all really keen movie fans!
9 May 2013 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

To date, there are 13 reviews of this film. Perhaps all the writers saw this movie theatrically. I have the Bo-ying version of USA'a NoShame DVD, and, to say the least, it certainly ranks as the most extraordinary DVD I've ever seen in my life! Presumably, as the original negative was destroyed in a fire in 1989, this DVD has been reconstructed from bits and pieces of the original Italian version and the dubbed English-language version, and then re-sub-titled. A huge effort has been made to make the LOOK of the film consistent -- even when the version used changes -- which it OFTEN does -- right in the middle of a scene! And would you believe that -- with this direct comparison facing us every couple of minutes -- the English-language version is actually superior to the original Italian. The acting is superior and even the syncing is better. (As most of you know, all Italian films are post-dubbed -- and not necessarily by the original actors). But that's not the end of the matter. The sub-titles we see with our eyes often don't fully agree with what we hear with our ears. In at least two cases, the sub-titles (presumably based on the Italian version) are the exact opposite to what we actually hear! And many of the titles also carry extra (rather than less) information. As for the movie itself, I loved it! Beautifully photographed, exquisitely acted, and most engagingly directed. Until now, I was not an Antonioni fan. But anyone who loves streetcars is a friend forever. And there are more streetcars in "Story of a Love Affair" than in any other movie I can think of, except Bunuel's wonderful 1953 homage, "Illusion Travels by Streetcar".

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Release Date:

30 April 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paula See more »

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Production Co:

Villani Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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