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Path of Hope (Italian: Il Cammino della speranza) is a 1950 Italian language drama film directed by Pietro Germi that belongs to the Italian neorealism film movement. It is based on Nino Di Maria's novel Cuori negli abissi. Federico Fellini co-wrote the script.

Path of Hope
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Directed byPietro Germi
Produced byLuigi Rovere
Written byPietro Germi
Federico Fellini
Tullio Pinelli
Luciano Vincenzoni
StarringRaf Vallone
Saro Urzì
Elena Varzi
CinematographyLeonida Barboni
Edited byRolando Benedetti
Distributed byLux Film
Release date
22 November 1950
(Italian release)
Running time
100 minutes



The film presents the travel of a group of poor Sicilians to France in their dreams of a better life.

Women wait anxiously at a minehead in Capodarso, Sicily. Their men are underground. The mine is closing and the miners refuse to come up unless the owner relents. After three days, they give up in despair... In a bar in town, Ciccio is recruiting workers for jobs in France. He can get people over the border — for L20,000 a head. Enough people to fill a bus, having sold their belongings to pay the fee, including Saro and his three young children, and Barbara and her man Vanni, who's in trouble with the law and desperate to flee Italy.

After reaching Naples by train, Ciccio tries to slip away but is grabbed by Vanni. Vanni tells Barbara where to meet at the border if anything should go wrong. In Rome, Ciccio points out Vanni to the police. In the shoot-out, both Vanni and Ciccio escape. The others are arrested. They are ordered by the police to return to Sicily or be charged with "illegal expatriation".

With Saro as leader, and nearly out of money, they head north instead. Hardship draws Saro and Barbara closer together.




  1. ^ "1st Berlin International Film Festival: Prize Winners". Retrieved 2009-12-21.
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Path of Hope". Retrieved 2009-01-16.

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