Impossible Object

Impossible Object, later released as Story of a Love Story, is a 1973 drama film starring Alan Bates and Dominique Sanda. It was directed by John Frankenheimer with a screenplay by Nicholas Mosley based on his own novel. It was screened at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, but was not entered into the main competition.[1] Mosley wrote the screenplay at the behest of director Joseph Losey, whose film Accident was based on an earlier Mosley novel. Dirk Bogarde and Catherine Deneuve had been attached to the film.[2] However, Losey had difficulty financing the film and later fell out with Mosley over The Assassination of Trotsky. Frankenheimer, looking to make an independent film, took over the project.

Impossible Object
Directed byJohn Frankenheimer
Produced byRobert Bradford
Jud Kinberg
Written byNicholas Mosley
Eric Kahane
Based onImpossible Object
by Nicholas Mosley
StarringAlan Bates
Dominique Sanda
Music byMichel Legrand
CinematographyClaude Renoir
Edited byAlbert Jurgenson
Release date
24 May 1973
Running time
110 minutes



The film was a financial failure. Frankenheimer later said it was never properly released because the producers went bankrupt.[3] However, the film saw some success at the 1974 Atlanta Film Festival, where it won the Grand Award Gold Phoenix for best film. Mosley also won for best screenplay and composer Michel Legrand for his film score.[4] Frankenheimer said he entered the film with a stolen print.[5]


  1. "Festival de Cannes: Story of a Love Story". Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  2. Mosher, Jerry (2011). A Little Solitaire: John Frankenheimer and American film. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. p. 204.
  3. Fathering a 'Connection' Offspring Blume, Mary. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 01 Sep 1974: m20.
  4. "Industry Activities". American Cinematographer. 55 (10): 1224. October 1974.
  5. Pratley, Gerald (1998). The Films of Frankenheimer: Forty Years in Film. London: Lehigh University Press. p. 127.
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