The Wide Blue Road (La Grande strada azzurra) (2001)
Critic Reviews for The Wide Blue Road (La Grande strada azzurra)
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.
Audience Reviews for The Wide Blue Road (La Grande strada azzurra)
[font=Century Gothic]"The Wide Blue Road" takes place in a poor fishing village in Italy. Squarcio(Yves Montand) catches fish the old fashioned way - by using explosives(which is very illegal) while in the company of his young sons. An old friend of his, now in the Coast Guard, is determined to catch him but must do so red handed. Another old friend, Salvatore, abides by the law and fishes by net. He agitates to set up a co-op, so he and his fellow fishermen will no longer be under the thumb of the local merchant.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"The Wide Blue Road" is a good look at people whose lives depend on fishing but is done in somewhat by melodramatics. Overall, the movie says that there is no easy way to escape poverty and we must all work together. It is nowhere in the league of "La Terra Trema" which covers some of the same terrain. But Yves Montand gives a very good performance. [/font]
Story of a fisherman who TRIES to make a living in an EASIER way...
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