The Wide Blue Road
La grande strada azzurra (Squarciò)
Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo
Italy / France / Yugoslavia
Year: 1957
The Wide Blue Road' is a moving drama based on the novel of Franco Solinas, telling the story of impoverished fishermen in Sicily. Squarcio (Yves Montand) makes a better living than the other men in the village (who obey the law and fish with nets) by using dangerous homemade bombs. The men tolerate his breaking the rules because he fishes far from the village. But the new coast guard captain is determined to catch him. Though Squarcio is committed to providing a better life for his wife, Rosetta (Alida Valli), and their children, he refuses to join a new cooperative that allows the fishermen to set a fair price for their fish. Squarcio insists on standing apart.
This film made its United States theatrical premiere in June 2001 in a restored print, prompted by the efforts of Jonathan Demme and Dustin Hoffman.
Yves Montand
as Squarciň
Alida Valli
as Rosetta
Francisco Rabal
as Salvatore
Ronaldino Bonacchi
as Squarciň's youngest son
Mario Girotti (Terence Hill)
as Renato
Federica Ranchi
as Diana
Peter Karsten
as Captain
Giancarlo Soblone
as Antonino
Umberto Spadaro
as Maresciallo
Starring also Josip Batistic, Pasquale Campagnola, Milutin Jasnic, Giorgio Kuru', Stane Potokar, Angela Sarlone, Janez Verhovec, Angelo Zanolli
Franco Solinas
Ennio De Concini, Gillo Pontecorvo, Franco Solinas
Mario Montuori
Carlo Franci
Eraldo Da Roma
Film Editing
Piero Gherardi, Mirko Lipuzic
Set Design
Lucia Mirisola
Costume Design
Gesi Regionale - Mondadori Video
Filming Location
Filmed in the Istrian coastal towns of Umag (Umago), Vrsar (Orsera) and Rovinj (Rovigno)