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Bitter Rice (1949)

Riso amaro (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 18 September 1950 (USA)
Two criminals on the run end up working in a rice field and decide to recruit other workers for their next robbery.

Director:

Giuseppe De Santis

Writers:

Giuseppe De Santis (story), Carlo Lizzani (story) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

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

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

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Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

18 September 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bitter Rice See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lux Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

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A Star Is Born
5 June 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Along a few weeks in Northern Italy, many women leave their families and jobs and move to the rice fields to work in the harvest of rice. The lovers Francesca (Doris Dowling) and Walter (Vittorio Gassman) has just robbed a valuable jewel from a hotel, and Francesca joins a group of workers while escaping from the police. A silly and sensual worker, Silvana (Silvana Mangano), gets closer to Francesca fascinated by the precious necklace she found hidden in Francesca's mattress. When they arrive to the lodge, they meet Sergeant Marco (Raf Vallone), who is discharging the army and feels attracted by Silvana. A square of love is formed with tragic consequences.

"Riso Amaro" is an original neo-realistic dramatic romance that presented Silvana Mangano to the world, leading her to a position of star. She is extremely beautiful and sexy in the role of the peasant Silvana, especially while dancing with the handsome Vittorio Gassman. Doris Dowling is also excellent, performing the suffering Francesca, a women abused by her scum lover. This movie was presented in the fourth Cannes Festival, without awards. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Arroz Amargo" ("Bitter Rice")


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