|STORY OF A LOVE STORY (aka: IMPOSSIBLE OBJECT) (director: John Frankenheimer; screenwriter: novel Impossible Object by Nicolas Mosley/Nicolas Mosley; cinematographer: Claude Renoir; editor: Albert Jurgenson; music: Michel Legrand; cast: Alan Bates (Harry), Dominique Sanda (Natalie), Evans Evans (Elizabeth), Lea Massari (Woman), Michel Auclair (Georges), Laurence de Monagham (Cleo); Runtime: 103; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Jud Kinberg; EIA; 1973-France / Italy-in English and some French)|
premise has some potential, but the
resolution left me unsatisfied."
by Dennis Schwartz
Frankenheimer ("The Train"/"Seven Days in May"/"Call
Harry Crown") directs this romantic drama that
received only a limited release in Spain and Paris,
and was never released in theaters in the States. It's
Frankenheimer's least recognized film. There are many
well-photographed art fantasy dream sequences,
applicable pathos and a well-placed droll humor. It
was filmed in Paris as an experimental New Wave film.
film, adapted from the novel Impossible Object by
Nicolas Mosley, is about the English writer Harry
(Alan Bates), happily living in a country home in
France with his American wife Elizabeth (Evans
Evans, Frankenheimer's then wife),
and their three sons, The writer loses track of what's
happening and can't determine what's part of his
latest novel or real life. Harry is confused if he is
really having an extra-marital affair with the
beautiful but married Natalie (Dominique
Sanda), whose husband (Michel
Auclair) suspects she's unfaithful. But
we are never really sure if it's just Harry's
imagination. In any case, it all leads to tragic
imaginative premise has some potential, but the
up-in-the-air resolution left me unsatisfied.
Nevertheless Bates shines in this curious role, who
somehow makes his lost romantic character both
sympathetic and believable.
would recommend this off-beat obscure film not because
of its achievement, but for its uniqueness and attempt
to make art for it's own sake.
REVIEWED ON 12/28/2014 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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