I am a fan of Michelangelo Antonioni's films and was inspired to seek out his first film, Story Of A Love Affair (Cronaca di un amore 1950), after reading critic Philip Lopate's essay "Antonion's Cronaca." Antonioni was 39 and had extensive experience writing and working as an assistant director to such respected directors as Robert Rossilini, but it is still an auspicious first film. It is one of his more traditional films in terms of plot and narrative. There are essentially two parts to this stylish film noir. In the first part a millionaire industrialist (Ferdinando Sarmi) hires a detective agency to investigate about his beautiful young wife, Paola (Lucia Bose) of whose past he knows very little. This spooks since there is an incident that she is trying to forget her and this draws a former lover, Guicdo (Massimoto Giroti), back into her life. From here the film treads familiar territory as Paola takes up with old lover. She wants Guido to kill her husband so that they can be together, something thats can be seen in films like The Postman Always Rings Twice. Lopate points out that this is the film that Antonioni discovered his trademark "slow cut" wher ehe keeps the camera running after the actor has completed the scene and walked off and focuses on the setting of the scene. The effect is not unlike that used by Ozu's focus on object at the end and beginning of scenes. He would go onto use this approach more in subsequent films. It is an impressive first film-that is still entertaining today.