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Bitter Rice

Giuseppe De Santis

 
Bitter Rice (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Italy
  • 1949
  • 109 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Italian
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  • Spine #792

During planting season in Northern Italy’s Po Valley, an earthy rice-field worker (Silvana Mangano) falls in with a small-time criminal (Vittorio Gassman) who is planning a daring heist of the crop, as well as his femme-fatale-ish girlfriend, played by the Hollywood star Doris Dowling. 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.

Cast

Walter GranataVittorio Gassman
FrancescaDoris Dowling
Silvana MeligaSilvana Mangano
Sergeant Marco GalliRaf Vallone
AristideChecco Rissone
BeppeNico Pepe
CelesteAdriana Sivieri
AmeliaLia Corelli
GabriellaMaria Grazia Francia
AnnaDedi Ristori
IreneAnna Maestri
GiannaMariemma Bardi
Emilia “Argentina” CarpenettiMaria Capuzzo
GiulianaIsabella Zennaro
Gianetto “Mascheroni”Carlo Mazzarella
PaoloErmanno Randi
ErminioAntonio Nediani
ForemanMariano Englen

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Giuseppe De Santis, a 2008 documentary by screenwriter Carlo Lizzani
  • Interview with Lizzani from 2003
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Pasquale Iannone

    New cover by Ken Laager

Film Essays

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Bitter Rice: A Field in Italy

By Pasquale Iannone January 13, 2016

In Bitter Rice, Giuseppe De Santis focused his lens on the world of Italy’s female rice workers, for a story that’s part social commentary, part pulp melodrama—and introduced the world to a . . . Read more »

Criterion Designs

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Criterion Designs: Bitter Rice by Ken Laager

By Eric Skillman January 28, 2016

In the two oil paintings he created for our release of Bitter Rice, renowned illustrator Ken Laager conveys the, ahem, ample charms of Giuseppe De Santis’s film with deliciously pulpy flair. Read more »


Film Essays

428_054_thumbnail

Bitter Rice: A Field in Italy

By Pasquale Iannone January 13, 2016

In Bitter Rice, Giuseppe De Santis focused his lens on the world of Italy’s female rice workers, for a story that’s part social commentary, part pulp melodrama—and introduced the world to a . . . Read more »

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Bitter Rice (Criterion DVD)

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