7.7/10
2,492
18 user 32 critic

Bitter Rice (1949)

Riso amaro (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 18 September 1950 (USA)
Francesca and Walter are two-bit criminals in Northern Italy, and, in an effort to avoid the police, Francesca joins a group of women rice workers. She meets the voluptuous peasant rice ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story) | 7 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Rome 11:00 (1952)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Based on an actual incident, this is the story of five girls (told in a slow beginning) who are among the 200 women who answer a want ad for a modest secretarial position one rainy morning ... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe De Santis
Stars: Lucia Bosé, Carla Del Poggio, Maria Grazia Francia
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Adriana, a naive Italian country girl, moves to Rome to become a movie star and experiences the dark side of the business.

Director: Antonio Pietrangeli
Stars: Stefania Sandrelli, Mario Adorf, Jean-Claude Brialy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In rural Sicily, the fishermen live at the mercy of the greedy wholesalers. One family risks everything to buy their own boat and operate independently.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Luchino Visconti, Antonio Pietrangeli, Antonio Arcidiacono
Anna (1951)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Anna is a nurse and a nun, whose history catches up on her.

Director: Alberto Lattuada
Stars: Silvana Mangano, Gaby Morlay, Raf Vallone
Bellissima (1951)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A woman from the low class desperately tries to get her daughter into the movies.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Anna Magnani, Walter Chiari, Tina Apicella
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An old woman finds a baby among the cauliflowers in her garden. She takes care of the orphan, and calls him Totò. When she dies, he is sent to an orphanage, which he leaves as a teenager. ... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Emma Gramatica, Francesco Golisano, Paolo Stoppa
Ossessione (1943)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Gino, a drifter, begins an affair with inn-owner Giovanna as they plan to get rid of her older husband.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Clara Calamai, Massimo Girotti, Dhia Cristiani
Shoeshine (1946)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Two shoeshine boys in postwar Rome, Italy, save up to buy a horse, but their involvement as dupes in a burglary lands them in juvenile prison where the experience take a devastating toll on their friendship.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Rinaldo Smordoni, Franco Interlenghi, Annielo Mele
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A rowdy woman is so forceful that she outdoes her husband in a loud cry against speculators who refuse poor people entrance to a block of new apartments, built after WW2. Without noticing ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Zampa
Stars: Anna Magnani, Nando Bruno, Ave Ninchi
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A young German boy faces the problems of the tough life in the immediate post WWII Berlin.

Director: Roberto Rossellini
Stars: Edmund Moeschke, Ernst Pittschau, Ingetraud Hinze
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Giuseppe De Santis
Stars: Vivi Gioi, Andrea Checchi, Carla Del Poggio
The Organizer (1963)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A former high school teacher turned unionist tries to organize workers laboring with inhuman conditions at a late 19th Century textile factory.

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Renato Salvatori, Gabriella Giorgelli
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Walter (as Vittorio Gassmann)
...
...
Silvana
...
Checco Rissone ...
Aristide
Nico Pepe ...
Beppe
Adriana Sivieri ...
Celeste
Lia Corelli ...
Amelia
Maria Grazia Francia ...
Gabriella
Dedi Ristori ...
Anna
Anna Maestri ...
Irene
Mariemma Bardi ...
Gianna
Maria Capuzzo ...
Giulia
Isabella Marincola ...
Rosa (as Isabella Zennaro)
Carlo Mazzarella ...
Gianetto
Edit

Storyline

Francesca and Walter are two-bit criminals in Northern Italy, and, in an effort to avoid the police, Francesca joins a group of women rice workers. She meets the voluptuous peasant rice worker, Silvana, and the soon-to-be-discharged soldier, Marco. Walter follows her to the rice fields, and the four characters become involved in a complex plot involving robbery, love, and murder. Written by Laura Ernestina Ruberto <lruberto@ucsd.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A drama of women workers in the Po Valley rice fields! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 September 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bitter Rice  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Italian word "riso" has two meanings. One meaning is "rice" and the other being "laughter." The title "Bitter Rice" can just as easily be translated as "Bitter Laughter." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mister Ed: Ed in the Peace Corps (1964) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Compelling & well crafted.
13 March 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Despite the fact that this film isn't available with English subtitles, (french is the closest!) it isn't so difficult to follow, and it is a satisfying experience. It comes across as a realistic portrayal of life in the rice fields of Italy, and is undoubtedly well-made with a haunting, natural quality about the whole production. Some of the scenes tend to be a bit overdrawn, and samey, but this doesn't detract from the overall intensity which is helped in no small part by the acting. It's quite clear that professional actors were used alongside non-actors, and this adds a certain poignant interest to the proceedings. The best performance is given by that seriously underrated actress from the USA - Doris Dowling, and it makes it all the more difficult to understand why she didn't have a far more high profile career in her own country. For fans of continental cinema in general, this is well worthy of interest.


11 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where can I watch this? musicking415
where is it set? stevenvh
DVD w/ english subtitles netrapture
Dancing Scene s-napolitano8
re: girl who started screaming in the field drexlermcstyles
Discuss Bitter Rice (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?