Renowned filmmaker Martin Scorsese has declared STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR to be one of his all-time favourite films and Mr Bongo films is proud to present it for the first time ever on DVD in the UK remastered from restored 35mm print.
After making highly regarded documentaries, Story of a Love Affair was Michelangelo Antonioni's first feature length dramatic film. It also signalled a significant change in the direction of post-war neo-realism. Antonioni, the future director of L'Avvetura, L'Eclisse, and Blow Up had already begun to set down the fundamentals of his future films, exploring the uneasy emotions that lie between the gazes of his characters.
Groundlessly jealous of his wife's romantic past, Enrico Fontana hires a private detective to finally determine if she is faithful or not.
Ironically, his suspicious attitude unconsciously brings his wife Paola (Lucia Bose) together with Guido (Massimo Girotti), a man with whom she had once been in love. Paola and Guido's past was clouded in tragedy. Guido had been involved with paola's close female friends death. Their passion rekindled once again, the lovers even get to the point where they are thinking about murdering Enrico...
Winner of the Italian Film Journalist’s Silver Ribbon for Best Music and a special award to Michelangelo Antonioni, this masterpiece still exudes extraordinary and intensely innovative power.
In 1995, Michelangelo Antonioni received a lifetime-achievement Oscar. In presenting the Oscar, Jack Nicholson said "In the empty, silent spaces of the world, he has found metaphors that illuminate the silent places in our hearts and found in them too, a strange and terrible beauty; austere, elegant, enigmatic, haunting."
Cast & Credits:
Lucia Bosé / Massimo Girotti / Ferdinando Sarmi / Gino Rossi / Marika Rowsky / Rosi Mirafiore / Rubi D'Alma / Directed - Michelangelo Antonioni
- Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists (1951), Won, Silver Ribbon, Best Score
- Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists (1951), Won, Silver Ribbon, Michelangelo Antonioni
English mono, Italian mono / English subtitles / Black & White / 1950 / DVD9 Pal All Regions / 98 mins / Rated PG / MRBDVD07