Riso Amaro

Riso Amaro

Vittorio Gassman
Director: Giuseppe de Santis Cast: Vittorio Gassman
Vittorio Gassman
, Doris Dowling
Doris Dowling
, Silvana Mangano
Silvana Mangano
Giuseppe de Santis

Blu-ray (Black & White)

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/12/2016
UPC: 0715515165112
Original Release: 1948
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:49:00
Sales rank: 15,504

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vittorio Gassman Walter
Doris Dowling Francesca
Silvana Mangano Silvana
Raf Vallone Marco
Checco Rissone Aristide
Nico Pepe Beppe
Adriana Sivieri Celeste
Mariemma Bardi Gianna
Lia Croelli Amelia
Maria Grazia Francia Gabriella
Ann Maestri Irene

Technical Credits
Giuseppe de Santis Director,Screenwriter
Clare Catalano Consultant/advisor
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Carlo Lizzani Screenwriter
Otello Martelli Cinematographer
Goffredo Petrassi Score Composer
Gianni Puccini Screenwriter

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