English Title: Story Of A Love Affair
Original Title: Cronaca di un amore
Genre: Crime, Drama
Billed as Antonioni’s very first feature-length debut, and started his auteurism career, CRONACA DI UN AMORE revolves around a noir story about a female fatale conspiring a scheme to kill her rich husband with her ex-lover. The film is a mediocre attempt for Antonioni to ooze his budding genius, ending with a patchy denouement.
The narrative goes smoothly but lingers too long with a third-party interference with a wooden detective (Gino Rossi, also the general manager of the film), then this sub-plot submerges into a void most of the subsequent running time, only resurfaces sporadically in-between, also a guilty-ridden murder case turns out just a futile storyline adornment.
The cast, a new-comer Lucia Bosé (whom I saw in Prague several weeks ago in an exhibition opening, I wish I had taken some photos, being an octogenarian, her dyed blue hair is drolly avant-garde) was 19 years old at year, while her rawness to impersonate an experienced temptress was feeble enough to allow the outfits eclipse her character, so as well the late Massimo Girotti, whose dashing wind coat is never outmoded even after 60 years.
Emotionally poignant is a typical kick from this Italian film (sometimes it is even saccharine, but it could be the Italian style which rooted in the blood), at the age of 38, Antonioni had already acquired a great sense of enact an environmental dramatism, while dialogues are over-exploited in this one, which is too tedious and old-fashioned to be appreciated by people around my age, personally I prefer a more subtle approach, like CASABLANCA (1942) or THE BIG SLEEP (1946), yes Humphrey Bogart’s distinctive charisma is the killing!