The best thing about the late Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni was his perennial interest in the human condition. His first feature film, 1950’s Story of a Love Affair, offers an original screenplay wherein a husband investigates his young wife’s obscure past and a vexing affair between said wife and a car dealer gets rekindled. Ironically, however unsavory the (rich) husband is, the two lovers enable him to morally one-up them. At long last, an event that would seem to “free” the lovers merely leaves them at a painful impasse.
Although some of what is here cannot be taken seriously, alas, Affair is a personal and impressively directed enterprise. As was expected, stylistically it anticipates L’Avventura, Eclipse, etc., and it is near-profound—unlike L’Avventura, Eclipse, etc., which are profound. The progress was beginning.
The film stars Massimo Girotti and Lucia Bose.
(In Italian with English subtitles)