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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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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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Mono (Western Electric)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Lucia Bosé was the director's first choice for the role of Silvana. It wasn't until he met Silvana Mangano by chance that he decided to cast her in the film. De Santis also wanted Mangano to appear in his next picture Under the Olive Tree (1950) but when she got pregnant, she was replaced by Bosé. See more »

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a true Italian classic
9 February 2009 | by wvisser-leusdenSee all my reviews

Although its mold of 1949 appears somewhat melodramatic today, the black and white 'Riso Amaro' (= Italian for 'Bitter Rice') surely ranks among the classics in film history.

This very Italian product by Guiseppe de Santis shows a pretty ordinary crime story, excellently interwoven with an impressive decor of harsh season labor in the rice-fields of Northern Italy. The thousands of women, up to their ankles in the water, breaking their backs in the burning sun to earn a few bucks, make a truly great setting.

'Riso Amaro' has been labeled as 'neo-realism'. Another issue worth mentioning is its female lead Silvana Mangano, ex miss Rome. To the standards of 1949 miss Mangano's performance in this film was shocking. This earned 'Riso Amaro' a lot of publicity, in particular in strongly Roman Catholic Italy.


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