Paola (Lucia Bose) is the beautiful and jealously-guarded younger wife of a shady factory owner, Enrico Fontana (Massimo Girotti). In order to investigate her romantic history he hires a private detective, which ironically brings Paola back into contact with former lover Guido, 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. –IMDb
Michelangelo Antonioni once described his work as “archeological research” which sifted through “the arid remains of our times”. If Fellini claimed to treat the past as science fiction, Antonioni gazed deeply into the future already visible in the present (L’Eclisse) or a past which uneasily hung onto a present that had outlived it (L’Avventura). Born in an upper-middle class family in Ferrara in 1912; Antonioni studied economics at the University of Bologna, where he staged works by Luigi Pirandello as well as original work written by himself. Antonioni’s time as a film critic for the Roman Cinema magazine brought him in contact with Cesare Zavattini, Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini, Luchino Visconti and others. For Rossellini, he would co-write Un pilota ritorna and with Fellini, he collaborated on the screenplay of his first feature The White Shiek.
Antonioni, however, yearned to begin his own career in film. To this end, he enrolled at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinemografia… read more
After beginning his directorial career as a documentarist, Antonioni graduated to fiction features with a film that Scorsese has declared to be one of his all-time favourites. Ten years before his international breakthrough with L'avventura, Antonioni displays an assured style with this story of a doomed love affair set in a wintery Milan. Enhanced by a prominent jazzy score, this moody piece is an intriguing debut..
i like how the large takes of the music accompany the carefully distributed, separated and rhythmical space of a city. it's like all the rhythm and stomping vigor of jazz have been sucked out of the score and transplanted into the neat, precisely cut lines of the cityscape. maybe that's where the feeling of something so unmistakably urban unfolding before your eyes.