The Wide Blue Road (La Grande strada azzurra)
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The Wide Blue Road (La Grande strada azzurra)
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 as soon as the heat is off. His final comeuppance both predictable and inevitable, but… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Although irresistibly "heroic" in appearance and swagger, Montand's Squarcio is also the ultimate in un-Hollywood cowboy thoughtlessness."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Chronicles the struggle of an Italian fisherman, Squarciò (Yves Montand), to overcome economic hardships."
‑ Gloria Monti,
"Interesting more as an artifact than as an involving story, The Wide Blue Road should still satisfy adventurous art-house audiences."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Anyone who loves De Sirca's works will find this film a fascinating comparative study"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"An enjoyable melodrama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"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."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"A truly lovely film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"I like to make films in which the difficulty of the human condition comes out, because I have a great love for humans and their plight."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
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