The Wide Blue Road

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo
Year Released: 1957
Rating: 2.0

Yves Montand, a simple fisherman who never goes out to sea without his two sons with him, uses dynamite to dredge up his catch, which raises the ire of his peers, who stay true to their profession and do it the old fashioned way - with nets. Scenic but tryingly minimalist film that offers little aside from a decent performance with Montand; when Pontecorvo tries to turn it into a parable of greed at the end, he's really reaching. Alida Valli, as Montand's wife, is mostly ignored (her performance is so understated, she's barely there - see Senso for the "other" Valli) because the cinematography received most of the attention.