Antonioni’s feature film debut looks beautiful. Unfortunately, the soundtrack rendered it almost unwatchable for me.
Paola Fontana (lucia Bose) is incredibly beautiful and married to a much older and extremely wealthy man. Before her marriage several years ago, she had an affair with Guido, who was engaged to another woman at the time. The two let the woman fall to her death in an elevator shaft. They could have saved her by giving her a warning. A mysterious man is nosing around about the incident.
Feeling guilty, the two had gone their separate ways after the fiancee’s death. Now the investigation prompts Gulio to get in touch with Paola. Their passion is still strong and they resume where things left off. Now her husband is standing in their way.
This is a good-looking if not profound story in The Postman Always Rings Twice vein. The dissonant modern jazz score that accompanies the film had an effect on me similar to fingernails on a blackboard. The other post-production sound and dialogue were jarring as well. Never again.
Clip – 360 degree pan
Trailer – featuring the music