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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Award: Best director award at the Punta del Este Film Festival (1951). 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 Antonioni: Documents and Testimonials (1965) See more »

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Story of a love affair!
8 October 2007 | by andrabemSee all my reviews

"Cronaca di un amore" was Antonioni's first full-length film. It's a romantic film noir, full of passion, but very far from the Hollywood saccharine romanticism.

It begins almost as a police film: an investigation is being led about Paola Molon. A detective is walking around, asking questions about her.

Seven years ago, Paola (Lucia Bosé) was in love with Guido (Massimo Girotti). Guido was engaged to Paola's best female friend, but there was already love between Guido and Paola. Still, one day a tragic accident happens. And this accident will tear Guido and Paola apart. And now this investigation will reunite them again. Their love is rekindled.

Paola is now married to a wealthy entrepreneur, lives in a mansion, has servants, a car with chauffeur etc.., but Guido' life has been a constant struggle to make ends meet. (Remember that we are in 1950, some years after the end of the war, and Italy was still far away from her economic boom).....

"Cronaca di un amore" shows already Antonioni as an accomplished master. His eye for small details be it in interior or exterior scenes, his ability in directing actors, his sensitive use of land and cityscape - all these qualities are displayed in full force in the film.

Lucia Bosé is an outstanding actress - she is able to portray intense and contradictory emotions just by her facial expressions. Her acting is subtle and powerful. She's a real diva. Giovanni Fusco's soundtrack is a perfect companion to Antonioni's images.

"Cronaca di un amore" is a very beautiful film.

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Release Date:

30 April 1975 (USA) See more »

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Paula See more »

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Villani Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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