BITTER RICE (Riso Amaro)
a feature film by Giuseppe De Santis (Tragic Hunt)
with Silvana Mangano (Dune, Teorema, Death in Venice, Ludwig), Vittorio Gassman (Sleepers, Scent of a Woman, Il Sorpasso), Doris Dowling (Othello, The Lost Weekend, Blue Dahlia), Raf Vallone (Two Women, Lion of The Desert)
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.
Both a socially conscious look at the hardships endured by underpaid field workers and a melodrama tinged with sex and violence, this early smash for producer extraordinaire Dino De Laurentiis and director Giuseppe De Santis is neorealism with a heaping dose of pulp.
Academy Awards Oscar Nomination for Best Wring Motion Picture Story
Italy - 1949, 110’, available in Full HD
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Produced by Lux Film