A wealthy industrialist becomes curious about his trophy wife Paola’s past and hires a private investigator. The detective discovers that she had fallen desperately in love with the handsome Guido as a young girl, and may have participated in a crime to win his hand…
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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.
Story of a Love Affair is a more straightforward endeavor than Antonioni's later masterpieces, but it's still a mix of beautiful moving images and cinematic formalism. I wish I could take the film in without subtitles, but oh well. Two images in particular stand out in my mind: the shot of Lucia Bose staring around the car door, and Paola and Guido walking through the park while a man plays guitar.
Striking feature debut by Antonioni hinting at the greatness to come with this nourish but intellectual exercise that looks at past secrets and lies between a couple doomed to repeat their past mistakes. Lucia Bose (a young Miss Italy at the time) is fabulous here just radiating class, sexuality and mystery. Fabulous script with an ending that is just about perfect leaving the viewer to take the story further.
The sound is bad. It sounds like everyone is talking into a trash can. I had zero compassion for her. She's just a spoiled teenager. What I thought was interesting about the film was how important class was. The lover was acceptable because although he had no money, he did have class. Some of the other characters who were lower class seemed like stereotypes. This film had very brief flashes of style.
As with most of Antonioni's films, the movement of the eyes tells the truth of the subtext, revealing the vacuity of words. Paola and Guido only make eye contact when in conflict and avert it when telling love words. The story is compelling and has a centrifugal effect on the viewer while the characters by contrast set us into a centripetal spinning away from it. Brilliant photography and very poor sound.
Thoroughly beautiful - in no small part because Lucia Bose is absolutely stunning herself. But it's a slight story. The dialogue is unremarkable, and it's very script heavy. The scenes are rarely given the space they need to breath; this is a real shame because the composition, the lighting, and the camerawork are already sensational.