The Wide Blue Road

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The Wide Blue Road
La grande strada azzurra FilmPoster.jpeg
A poster with the film's English title: The Wide Blue Road
Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo
Maleno Malenotti
Produced by Maleno Malenotti
Written by Ennio De Concini
Gillo Pontecorvo
Maleno Malenotti
Story by Franco Solinas
Starring Yves Montand
Alida Valli
Music by Carlo Franci
Cinematography Mario Montuori
Edited by Eraldo Da Roma
Distributed by G.E.S.I. Cinematografica
Release date
  • 22 November 1957 (1957-11-22)
Running time
103 minutes
Country France
West Germany
Language Italian

The Wide Blue Road (Italian: La grande strada azzurra ) is a 1957 Italian romance drama film directed by Gillo Pontecorvo and Maleno Malenotti.


The story follows the harsh rugged life of a poor fisherman on a small island off the Dalmatian coast of Italy. In a desperate effort to improve the lives of his family he begins to fish illegally using bombs instead of relying on nets. However this method invokes the hatred of the other fishermen and finally results in tragedy.


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