The Wide Blue Road (La Grande strada azzurra) (1956)
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La Grande Strada Azzura was also released as Squarcio, which happens to be the name of the character played by star Yves Montand. Squarcio is a provincial fisherman who expedites his daily catch through the illegal use of dynamite. The other villagers disapprove of Squarcio's methods, but they refuse to turn him into the authorities. Our hero finds out that he has no real friends when he's on the verge of being caught in the act. Promising to mend his ways, Squarcio goes back to his old tricks
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Although irresistibly "heroic" in appearance and swagger, Montand's Squarcio is also the ultimate in un-Hollywood cowboy thoughtlessness.
Anyone who loves De Sirca's works will find this film a fascinating comparative study
Based on this film's honest, meat-and-potatoes appeal, it would be a treat to see more of Pontecorvo's rare filmography. In the meantime, careful with that dynamite.
Chronicles the struggle of an Italian fisherman, Squarciò (Yves Montand), to overcome economic hardships.
A truly lovely film.
Interesting more as an artifact than as an involving story, The Wide Blue Road should still satisfy adventurous art-house audiences.
Another invaluable artifact of cinema history that should be required viewing for anyone with even an ounce of interest in the development of the art form.
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