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The Wide Blue Road

Film/Video

The Wide Blue Road
(Gillo Pontecorvo, 1957)
Photo © Milstone Films

The Wide Blue Road
Newly restored print! Gillo Pontecorvo, 1957

Rereleased Classics

Many classic films are just as powerful today as when they were first released. We add such films from many genres to our schedule throughout the season. Many are shown on the occasion of their rereleases, in fresh, new or restored prints.

Thu, Dec 13, 2001 7 PM
Fri, Dec 14, 2001 7 PM
Sat, Dec 15, 2001 7 PM

Gillo Pontecorvo's The Wide Blue Road (99 mins.) is one of the great forgotten European films of the 1950s.

It's only now receiving its U.S. theatrical premiere in a beautifully restored print brought to the screen with the help of director Jonathan Demme and Dustin Hoffman, a friend of Pontecorvo since the sixties.

"Starkly beautiful! Yves Montand's portrayal is a star performance radiant with macho glamour."—Stephen Holden, New York Times

"Spectacular, picture-postcard cinematography. [It feautres] the kind of expertly edited suspense sequences that helped make The Battle of Algiers so memorable...A handsome new restoration."—Ken Fox, TV Guide Online

Made a decade before Pontecorvo would achieve international fame for The Battle of Algiers, this debut feature stars Yves Montand as a small-town fisherman struggling to provide a better life for his family. Shot off the Adriatic coastal areas of Italy and Yugoslavia, the gorgeous locations are rendered in stunning color cinematography.

In helping to bring the film back to today's audiences, director Jonathan Demme explains that "I fell madly in love with The Wide Blue Road....Filmed in spectacular color and starring Yves Montand (what a hunk!)...this is such a great movie, enormously gripping and entertaining, as well as being early undeniable proof of Pontecorvo's and Montand's greatness."

Man with a Movie Camera

Be here Monday, September 14 as Alloy Orchestra takes the stage in our Film/Video Theater to accompany a restoration of Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera.

Clark

Join us Thursday, September 10 for a Next@Wex double bill featuring Tyondai Braxton and Clark, two innovators in the experimental electronica scene.