‘Cronaca di un Amore’: a film screening at CIMA


March 09, 2023, 6:30 PM

General admission: $15. Members and Students: Free


In conjunction with CIMA’s current exhibition From Depero to Rotella: Italian commercial posters between advertising and art, we are hosting an in-person screening of director Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1950 debut full-length film, Cronaca di un Amore (Story of a love affair), a drama starring Lucia Bosè and Massimo Girotti.

Angela Dalle Vacche,  Professor Emerita at Georgia Tech, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, will introduce the screening.

Michelangelo Antonioni’s brilliant debut movie, a sleazy, seedy neorealist noir set in postwar Milan, Story of a Love Affair’ is a riveting, taut drama.  —Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Synopsis: A wealthy industrialist, Enrico, hires a private detective to investigate his wife Paula, ironically bringing her back into contact with her former lover, Guido. Together they resurrect a lost passion. Meanwhile, detective Carloni discovers a disturbing connection between Paola, Guido, and the death of Guido’s fiancée Giovanna.

In Italian with English subtitles (98min)

Angela Dalle Vacche, Professor Emerita at Georgia Tech, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, is a specialist in the intersection of aesthetic theory and film history. She was born in Venice, Italy and came to the United States in 1978. She has graduate degrees in American Studies (1980) and Film Studies (1985) from Mount Holyoke College and the University of Iowa. She has been the recipient of a Fulbright Travel Grant; a Mellon Fellowship; a Rockefeller Bellagio Grant; a Leverhulme Distinguished Senior Professorship at the University of London, Birkbeck College; and a Dora Maar Fellowship in Menerbes, France. In 2016, she lectured on Cinema and the Museum at the Institute for Marketing and Technology in Lucca, Italy. Dalle Vacche’s retrospective Italian Silent Divas: Passion and Defiance for the 2000 New York Film Festival was voted as “Best Event of the Year,” by Art Forum. Dalle Vacche has given guest-lectures in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Among her publications: The Body in the Mirror: Shapes of History in Italian Cinema (Princeton Legacy Library, 1992); Cinema and Painting: How Art Is Used in Film (University of Texas Press, 1996); Diva: Defiance and Passion in Early Italian Cinema (University of Texas Press, 2008). André Bazin’s Film Theory: Art, Science, Religion (Oxford University Press, 2020). Among her published anthologies: The Visual Turn (Rutgers University Press, 2002); Color, The Film Reader (Routledge, 2006); Film, Art, New Media: Museum Without Walls? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).