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Story of a Love Story (1973)

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 »

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... Natalie
... Georges
Evans Evans ... Elizabeth
... Woman
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
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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>

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Impossible Object  »

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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 »

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Harry: This was the time when I had been married half my life. And we lived in a foreign land, my wife and I and our sons, in a garden where we had everything we want. And God came down through the trees one day, and scratched himself, as if someone had walked over his grave or trod on excrement. And God asked: "What are you going to do?". And I said: "I don't know".
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Genuinely, surprisingly rewarding
23 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

It's oddly appropriate that John Frankenheimer's Story of a Love Story was never properly released, and is very hard to see now - the title suggests a distancing (if not plain redundancy), whereas the alternative title Impossible Object threatens to disappear altogether. The love story, if such it is, is between an English writer (Alan Bates, in provocative, improvisatory-feeling form) living in France with an American wife and a houseful of kids, and the French wife (Dominique Sanda, one of the most beguilingly watchful of actresses ) of an older French husband, mother of a single daughter. The film moves around within their timeline of their relationship, further destabilizing itself through the insertion of fantasy sequences from Bates' imagination, or from another imagination altogether - at various times the movie (which, if nothing else, never seems to be merely coasting) seems to explicitly evoke Fellini (as in a nudity-strewn dream sequence) and Antonioni (the title also evokes his Cronaca di un amore, and Lea Massari from L'Avventura enters with Bates into a vaguely Don't Look Now-ish tumble of sexual positions) and a generalized on-the-fly kind of New Wave-ish ness. It's hard to know what the (at least to that point) usually tougher-contoured Frankenheimer wanted out of such a project, if not to disappear within it, perhaps to renew himself through an exercise in evasiveness (although with his wife Evans Evans hovering in the role of Bates' wife and providing a vague tether). Complaints about the film's inconsequentiality hardly seem fair in this context - it seems designed to perpetually recede (as love usually does, I suppose), shifting for a while into exotic dreaminess and then into sustained, piercing tragedy, before veering away again into quizzical possibilities. The film's pretty visuals and ingratiating aspects perhaps made it too easy to dismiss (certainly something did) but it's genuinely, surprisingly rewarding.


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