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Bitter Rice [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1948]


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    Special Features

    • Giuseppe De Santis, a 2008 documentary by Screenwriter Carlo Lizzani
    • Interview with Lizzani from 2002
    • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    • Plus: An essay by critic Pasquale Iannone
    • Trailer


    Riso Amaro
    Originally released as Riso Amaro, Bitter Rice was one of the landmark films of the postwar Italian neorealist movement. Silvana Mangano portrays one of hundreds of women toiling slavishly in the Po Valley rice fields. She is courted by two men: respectable Raf Vallone and no-good fugitive from justice Vittorio Gassman. Mangano chooses Gassman, a decision which brings disaster not only to her but to her co-workers. The rice-field scenes are realistic enough to pass muster as documentary footage, though they tend to be undercut in the English-language version by the amateurish dubbing. Critics were unanimous in their praise for Bitter Rice; their words were, however, ignored by the male fans who came to see the film solely on the strength of the now-famous production still of the buxom Silvana Mangano standing in the rice field wearing tight shorts and torn black stockings. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Vittorio Gassman
      Vittorio Gassman - Walter
    • Doris Dowling
      Doris Dowling - Francesca
    • Silvana Mangano
      Silvana Mangano - Silvana
    • Raf Vallone
      Raf Vallone - Marco
    • Image coming soon
      Checco Rissone - Aristide

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