Story of a Love Affair
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Michelangelo Antonioni's first narrative feature is a stark, minimal interpersonal drama that would establish many of the themes and techniques that would recur in his work for the rest of his career. Story of a Love Affair centers on the dynamic between Guido (Massimo Girotti) and Paola (Lucia Bosť), two old flames re-igniting their passions for one another. Tabs are being kept on both of the lovers by their current spouses as well as by a private investigator, but even after their pursuers fall out of the picture -- whether due to accidents or disinterest -- Guido and Paola find that… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Story of a Love Affair is tacky."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Antonioni's debut, and already an identification of a woman"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A remarkable film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A remarkable formal effort involving a detective, an adulterous trio, a murder plot, a choreographic mise en scene, and an extended flashback."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Atmospheric, original film."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"The unsurpassed beauty of Antonioni's visual art lifts his two-penny story and hollow people into the exalted realm of the senses."
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A richly textured variation on The Postman Always Rings Twice."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
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