Dir. Gillo Pontecorvo (1957).
Gillo Pontecorvo’s first feature—a tale of struggling fisher folk on Italy’s Dalmation coast—is an oddly glamorous tract. The director wanted to shoot in black and white and use non-actors; his producers demanded postcard color and imposed international stars Yves Montand and Alida Valli. Despite Pontecorvo’s tendency to over score each new dramatic development, the open ending justifies the term “operatic.”
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 1, 2010