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  • Actors: Lucia Bose, Massimo Girotti
  • Directors: Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006GVNHUM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,360 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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SYNOPSIS: From acclaimed two-time Academy Award Nominated director Michelangelo Antonioni (Blow-up, The Passenger)! 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? 2-Disc - 1950 - Black & White - 98 minutes - 1.33:1 - Italian with English Subtitles

SPECIAL FEATURES: Over two and a half hours of bonus features: ''Identification of a Masterpiece'' documentary (114 minutes), ''Story of a Peculiar Night'' documentary (29 minutes), ''Fragments of a Love Affair'' featurette (5 minutes), ''Restoring a Masterpiece'' featurette (8 minutes), Poster gallery, stills gallery and more.

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As their love affair progresses, the reunited lovers ponder killing the husband.
Kardius
A film that is part romance film and the other half that is film noir, the film is definitely not your typical banal noir film.
Dennis A. Amith
Great story, great cinematography, and great directing, all result in a great movie even though the acting was not top notch.
big nick

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kardius on May 4, 2006
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Unlike what the other reviewer stated, Michelangelo Antonioni's "The Story of a Love Affair" is not an adaptation of James M. Cain's classic "The Postman Always Rings Twice." That film is 1943's "Ossessione," also starring Massimo Girotti, and which was the first film by another great Italian director, Luchino Visconti. (And which is actually a better film, Girotti is certainly much better in "Ossessione.")

"The Story of a Love Affair" is structured as a noir/thriller. At the beginning, a jealous wealthy businessman in Milan hires a detective to find if his wife (Lucia Bose) is unfaithful and by doing so unwittingly rekindles her love for another man (Massimo Girotti), who may have been complicit with her on the death of her former best friend (who was also his fiancee). As their love affair progresses, the reunited lovers ponder killing the husband.

Although set up as a thriller, Antonioni is less interested in crime than in the psychology of the leading couple: an unhappily married society wife (Bose) and a down-on-his-luck former WWII soldier (Girotti). Lucia Bose, then only 19, is not a very good actress, but she's striking to look at, and Antonioni makes the most of her beautiful face. Girotti is not that great either, but he's also perfectly cast. The merits of this film really have to do with great visuals, not with great acting, so in that respect they're both excellent in their parts.

While not as great as other noirish debuts by great European directors, like Visconti's Ossessione or Malle's Elevator in the Gallows, "The Story of a Love Affair" is definitely worth checking out for fans of film noir or Antonioni.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By big nick on May 16, 2008
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The Amazon editorial review and customer reviews wrongly state that a wealthy buiness man hires a detective because he suspects that his beautiful wife is unfaithful. In fact, he simply found some old photographs of his wife that were taken before they met and that made him think. They had a very brief courtship and married during the war. Now, seven years later, and after finding the photos, he realized that he really did not khow this woman and wanted to learn about her life before they met. Because she is so gorgeous, he probably suspected that she had lovers before him and wanted to know who they were and how serious the relationships were. Ironically, the investigation rekindled her relationship with a former lover resulting in a very interesting turn of events. To me, the fact that he merely wanted to know what kind of life she led before meeting him contributes strongly to the story line. Pay close to the first few minutes of this film and you will find nothing to suggest that her husband suspects her of being unfaithful. Great story, great cinematography, and great directing, all result in a great movie even though the acting was not top notch.
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A decade before Michelangelo Antonioni would be known as "the Master of Alienation", before the Italian filmmaker would be known for his films such as "L'Avventura", "La Notte", "L'Eclisse" and "Red Desert", the Italian modernist director, who would be known for his radical style of not following any conventions of filmmaking, was a director of documentary films.

But after graduating from his years of being a documentary filmmaker, Every filmmaker has their beginning in making full feature films and for legendary filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni, that film was "Story of a Love Affair" (1950, also known as "Cronaca di un amore").

The film was inspired by the real-life 1948 murder of a wealthy silk company owner, a man that Countess Pia Bellentani was having an eight-year affair with. Despite the Countess being married to a wealthy Milanese industrialist and having two children, the case shocked Italy at the time as someone of wealth and stature was convicted of murder and also because the murder took place at a high society party.

Bothered and intrigued by the Bellentani case, Michelangelo Antonioni would write and direct "Story of a Love Affair".

A film that is part romance film and the other half that is film noir, the film is definitely not your typical banal noir film. It's Italian noir at its finest!

It is important to note that while many Italians were working on Italian neorealist films, "Story of a Love Affair", the first film of Antonioni goes to show how he never followed traditional standard nor was he compliant of other filmmaking styles of what other filmmakers in Italy were doing at the time.

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"Story of a Love Affair" is presented in 1:33 Full Frame, black and white.
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More often than not we influence the cards we are dealt in life. Worst of all is when we do something that starts a chain of events that cause us misfortune. Story of a Love Affair is a classic Italian film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni that is exactly about this subject.

When a wealthy businessman finds some old photographs of his wife Paola (Lucia Bose), he gets to wonder about her past. They have been married for seven years, since they met in 1943 during the war, but her history was always a mystery. Instead of asking her directly, he hires and investigator to look into what kind of woman she was before they met. He is partially motivated by curiosity, but mostly just jealousy.

And Paola's past certainly is mysterious. The story slowly unravels her past by the details the investigator uncovers by interviewing her former friends. The investigator's inquiries alert Paola's old boyfriend and actually brings him back into her life after all these years. Ironically, Paola's husband brings about trouble for himself with the investigator and helps his wife find the road to infidelity. We cannot help but see how much Paola must have changed in these seven years. She now lives the life of luxury and has no financial obstacles, while those she knew still struggle with daily living.

There are some subtle details that give this movie a deeper meaning weaved throughout the entire story, giving it a sophistication that will make this film appealing to those with fine taste. There is a strange balance of opposites in nearly everything that happens. When Guido reaches for Paola, she withdraws from him; when Paola reaches for Guido, he withdraws from her. Their love for each other always seems to be a beet or two off and they are never in synchrony.
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