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La grande strada azzurra (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 22 November 1957 (Italy)
Squarciò, a fisherman, lives with his family on a small island off the Dalmatian coast of Italy. Like his fellow villagers, Squarciò struggles against harsh living conditions, a scarcity of... See full summary »

Writers:

Franco Solinas (novel), Ennio De Concini (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yves Montand ... Giovanni Squarciò
Alida Valli ... Rosetta, la moglie
Francisco Rabal ... Salvatore
Umberto Spadaro Umberto Spadaro ... Gaspare Puggioni, 1st Coast Guard Officer
Peter Carsten ... Riva, 2nd Coast Guard Officer
Federica Ranchi Federica Ranchi ... Diana Squarciò, la figlia
Terence Hill ... Renato (as Mario Girotti)
Ronaldo Bonacchi Ronaldo Bonacchi ... Bore Squarciò, il figlio (as Ronaldino Bonacchi)
Giancarlo Soblone Giancarlo Soblone ... Antonio 'Tonino' Squarciò, il figlio
Josip Batistic Josip Batistic
Stane Potokar Stane Potokar
Angelo Zanolli Angelo Zanolli
Giorgio Kuru Giorgio Kuru
Janez Vrhovec Janez Vrhovec
Milutin Jasnic Milutin Jasnic
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Squarciò, a fisherman, lives with his family on a small island off the Dalmatian coast of Italy. Like his fellow villagers, Squarciò struggles against harsh living conditions, a scarcity of fish in nearby waters and exploitation by the local wholesaler. But while the other fishermen continue to use nets, he goes out to the open sea to fish illegally with bombs. But Squarciò borrows money, loses his boat, and in a moment of supreme desperation, has to bomb directly off-shore, causing the hatred and rejection of his fellow fishermen. Trying to save his family, Squarciò and his young sons sail their new boat out beyond the local waters and bomb-fish again. But this time, the sea exacts a terrible toll... Written by Dennis Doros & Amy Heller

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boat | bomb | italy | island | fisherman | See All (24) »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

22 November 1957 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wide Blue Road See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,741, 10 June 2001

Gross USA:

$6,741
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Ferraniacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Relentless, yet beautiful and compassionate
1 October 2006 | by OskadoSee all my reviews

A man's relentless drive toward self-destruction is the tenor plot in this film, but the surrounding study of human nature, and of what can be the ultimate values in life fill out the canvas. Squarcio, the hero, has through good fortune escaped detection long enough to establish a comfortable life for his family and loving wife. Other fishermen, who have reason enough to detest him, consistently show him compassion - their basic good natures prevailing. Squarcio, though, like a "Sturm und Drang" character, relentlessly pursues a path his logic - and wife and children - tell him he should abandon. He is offered other choices; he sees other charismatic characters uselessly die - yet his actions are emotionally driven.

At mid-film, the local coast guard commander chooses to retire, to quit service before having to witness the death or imprisonment of his childhood friend. I, the viewer, felt likewise - very much like abandoning the theater before the inevitable. Yet I stayed on, hoping for some early hint of a happy end to come.

But for me, the most memorable moments in this film were certain sea scenes set to challenge the most beautiful and intriguing of any painting of the old Venetian school - sepia sails, emerald seas, white and green (?) hulls, and old fortresses in the background - all looking a bit unreal, like a child's playthings, almost too perfect, too harmonic. Squarcio, of course, wasn't part of such scenes - he was off on his own, individualist but misguided path.


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