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Cronaca di un amore (1950)




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Un industriale milanese ingaggia un investigatore per verificare se sua moglie Paola (Bosé) lo tradisce. Viene a galla così una passione giovanile della donna per un suo compagno di collegio, Guido (Girotti). Costui, resosi conto della situazione, rintraccia Paola per avvertirla e l'antica passione rinasce. Ma Paola adesso propone a Guido di uccidere il marito troppo curioso...more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Michelangelo Antonioni, Piero Tellini, Francesco Maselli
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 28, 2005
Villani Film


Lucia Bosé
as Paola Molon Fontana
Ferdinando Sarmi
as Enrico Fontana
Gino Rossi
as Carloni, il detectiv...
Rosi Mirafiore
as La cameriera
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Critic Reviews for Cronaca di un amore

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

The stylishness of this noirish melodrama about infidelity and postwar malaise accumulates in layers, and it's not merely visual.

Full Review… | July 17, 2015
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A remarkable formal effort involving a detective, an adulterous trio, a murder plot, a choreographic mise en scene, and an extended flashback.

Full Review… | July 7, 2005
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Story of a Love Affair is tacky.

Full Review… | July 7, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

The film has its moments of crackling passion and secret suspense. It's an amazing film, and one of the great feature debuts in movie history.

Full Review… | January 7, 2012
Combustible Celluloid

Antonioni's debut, and already an identification of a woman

Full Review… | April 2, 2010

Atmospheric, original film.

Full Review… | August 31, 2006
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for Cronaca di un amore


this movie is of interest because it's antonioni's first full length film. you can see the ties to neo-realism, the documentary format, and the development of his technique. lucia bose is fascinating to watch because of the methods antonioni used to get desired effects. because of her youth and inexperience, he even resorted to slapping her to obtain the desired results.

Stefanie C

Super Reviewer


A film auteur,literally and profoundly.Anything that goes against him,will probably go against the post-modern cinematic language.The debut feature shows promise and mystery,taunting the wealth of the era and feeling sympathetic to low-life characters,including the detective.Action is replaced by spiritual hesitation,a well-maintained picture,too accessible for an Antonioni film.

Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

Antonioni's films aren't the most accessible, and in that respect, Story of a Love Affair with its genre-film machinations and linear plot is a lot easier to get into than, say, L'Eclisse (which I've never finished watching, but I want to). It's not an art film, by any means, affecting a noir-ish plot and a relatively faster pace than your typical arty movie. Some over-the-top acting (I thought) by Lucia Bosé as miserable socialite Paola Fontana also makes this movie a lot less high-falutin.

That isn't to say that this is your typical genre film, though. Although the aesthetic didn't appeal much to me personally, there are some very attractive shots of the sensual from-the-back variety that made me stop and think. I also really liked the opening shot of the polaroids of Paola being tossed onto a table, showing us a quick into a girl's life as she grows up. I guess I don't "get" Antonioni, because at first blush I didn't see that much to look at in this film.

Where the movie is most interesting is in its examination of Paola and Guido's sad lives through their desperate relationship with each other, most notably in the scene where they talk about their happiness and then in an instance realize that their joy is a shallow and empty one. Antonioni doesn't play their misery for melodrama; he doesn't have any lingering shots of Paola or Guido sitting and staring and obviously feeling sorry for themselves. But their conversations reveal their insecurities and failure to grasp fulfillment despite material comfort and "love."

I thought it was also interesting how it looked like Paola's husband's suspicions of her infidelity actually drove her towards reuniting with Guido, since Paola and Guido have no contact until after the detectives are hired, and Guido only comes to warn her that someone is looking into her past. Nevertheless, that detective thread doesn't really go anywhere, even to the climax.

Still, though, it's kind of a boring movie, and I found Paola's flouncing and hysteria a bit annoying. On the other hand, I enjoyed the character of Guido much more because he seemed more realistic and moderate to me, struggling with his emotions and commitments and the fact that he's not happy despite being with the woman he desires.

I found the rest of the movie a bit of a mess, and the music is God-awful, that's for sure, completely ruining the tone of the movie.

Meh. Not a great movie by any stretch of the imagination, and doesn't convince me that I could be an Antonioni fan.

Krystle Chow

Super Reviewer

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