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  1. Arf's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

  2. FISCHER's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

    On retrouve déjà les thèmes favoris du "pape" du cinéma italien : critique acerbe d'un milieu bourgeois traditionaliste, incommunicabilité entre hommes et femmes, questionnement existentiel sous l'égide d'une farouche lucidité... www.cinefiches.com

  3. Samuel Andrade's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

  4. Stefano Pedrocchi's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

    Hints of Antonioni to come, not properly there yet though; but it's an important node that will lead to La signora senza camelie and Il grido: Milan, with its shadows, its architecture, has yet to become the well finished character it'll be in La notte, but you can see that it does start to be intentionally shaped. Serafin's photography is really impressive and Lucia Bosè suits very well in such a classy character.

  5. hemelsblauw's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

  6. Howard Fritzson's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

    The first time I saw this, I thought it was gorgeous. Totally involving with such beautiful leads. Antonioni was already a master.

  7. Landen Celano's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

    Interesting in its deviation from neorealism, and for its brute look at relationships, but is perhaps out-dated, (or suffers from the eclipse of Antonioni's other masterpieces).

  8. Rachel Aylett's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

    I love Italian cinema from the 50s and this is a cracker. Very much a doomed love affair in which both parties bring out the worst in each other. Great debut from Antonioni and less pretentious than his later works.

  9. Ashley Spendlove's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

    Such a confident piece of film-making: visually precise, the shots held just that little bit longer than you expect, the contrast between the off-kilter solo sax and piano score with the noisy music of the social scene. The shadow of the war is omnipresent, both psychologically and in the setting, as is Antonioni's concern with social alienation and existential questions around responsibility and action. Stunning.

  10. Paul Relf's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

  11. chanandre's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

    [Cinémathèque PT #548: 35 mm] (2007)

  12. Zanna Walsh's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

    Yes the sound ofte, n made it sound like they were filming under a motorway, and some of the music was a little jarring, but man, those frocks...the one she wore in the "common" nightclub when she bought another stunning dress at auction, was just WOW. And that clutch, muff, handbag, so clever. But obviously was probably real fur, as were all those coats, but those, alas, were the times. Nice little offering.

  13. raggiodisole's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

    spoiled somewhat by the muddy sound, but the wander into the gorgeous emotional wasteland of later Antonioni can be traced through this film

  14. Thomas's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

    An admirable first feature from Antonioni. He already shows a strong visual style in the framing of shots, as well as an informed eye for integrating natural landscapes and architecture into compositions. The plodding narrative is routinely handled with mediocre acting, but the cars and costumes are real standouts.

  15. innersmiff's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

    Stripped down and straightforward storytelling-wise, but quietly engaging and tension-filled. None of the pretentiousness of later Antonioni. The music is bad.

  16. Magic Lantern Alison's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

    Quite Hitchcockian, but with Antonioni's characteristic stillness and cold observation.

  17. UnbrandedFilms's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

    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.

  18. 'king Harold's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

    Great frocks and photography.Pity it sounds like it's underwater.

  19. Sarah Pietsch's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

    The hats! Oh my gosh the hats. Worth watching for them alone. Although of course there is more to it than that.

  20. Richard Stopford's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

    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.

  21. Luca Prosperi's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

    There is something almost painful in the dedication with which Antonioni depicts the almost absolute aesthetic beauty of the ethical vacuum of privileged lives. As if he wanted to communicate to low classes that he had unconditional access to that world, and for that world he proved only pity and disdain. If in the human epic of the poor resides heroism, in the little tragedies of the new rich thrives the nothing.

  22. Leigh Collins's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

    Looks beautiful, with the same existentialist feel as some his famous mid-60s films, which must have been a revelation in 1950. But the acting's not great, nor is the plot, but fascinating from a film historian perspective.

  23. Leco's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

    The visuals and the unspoken are the best parts of the movie. The characters aren't very relatable for me, specially Paola. The thrill is reserved to a build-up that never succeeds and fairly, I get that this was somehow one of the goals.

  24. Max Seqgar's rating of the film Story of a Love Affair

    Such ellegance in storytelling, photo, costumes & cars!!

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