Bitter Rice (Riso amaro)
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Bitter Rice (Riso amaro)
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… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A quintessential film of Italian neorealism of postWWII, though it became an international sensation due to the overt sex appeal and shot of breasts of Silvana Mangano, then only 19."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"'Bitter Rice'-- a film that initiated a change in direction for a big national player in world cinema -- holds up enough after all these years."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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