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

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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: 0715515165211
Original Release: 1948
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:49:00
Sales rank: 3,110

Special Features

Giuseppe De Santis, a 2008 documentary by screenwriter Carlo Lizzani; Interview with Lizzani from 2002; Trailer

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bitter Rice
1. Opening Credits [1:49]
2. "This Is Radio Turin" [3:27]
3. Boogie-woogie Onto The Train [3:19]
4. Silvana [3:54]
5. Arrival At The Barracks [5:13]
6. "No Contract, No Job" [2:19]
7. "Work Twice As Hard" [3:34]
8. The Main Scab [6:51]
9. Marco, Silvana, And Francesca [3:35]
10. A Night In The Barracks [5:26]
11. The Men Arrive [7:22]
12. Dance Part In The Woods [7:03]
13. A Bigger Job [6:36]
14. Bathing In The River [4:02]
15. Rainy Days [8:06]
16. Disaster In The Rain [5:01]
17. A Gift [4:33]
18. "Do You Ever Wear A Mask?" [5:46]
19. Miss Rice Worker 1948 [4:50]
20. Saving The Crop [2:17]
21. "Aim Carefully" [4:45]
22. Foiled Plans [2:51]
23. "What's She Going To Do?" [6:09]
1. Color Bars [:20]

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