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  • Summary: This, the first American theatrical release of the 1957 debut feature of Italian director Gillo Pontecorvo, tells the story of a politically torn Italian fishing village.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. What makes this small-scale drama so compelling is Pontecorvo's treatment of the main character.
  2. Besides Montand's splendid performance, The Wide Blue Road's other treat is seeing a film that's both old-fashioned enough to believe that social concerns can lead to satisfying drama and well-made enough to deliver on that belief. A film infused with that kind of passion never goes out of style.
  3. Passionate, literally shimmering movie.
  4. A political movie that, partly through the powerful lead performance of its star, the relatively young Yves Montand, transcends its own politics.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    80
    The result is an interesting hybrid of neorealist grit and star-driven melodrama, in which very real concerns about poverty and social injustice are mixed with a romantic subplot.
  6. It's worth seeing, though, not only for its occasional moments of breathtaking beauty and sadness but also because its very rarity demands it.
  7. 30
    The neophyte director has a tendency to pose his actors and musically overscore each new dramatic development. The combination can border on the ludicrous.

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