Bitter Rice (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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On January 12, 2016, the Criterion Collection released Bitter Rice on Blu-ray. Giuseppe De Santis directed the film starring Vittorio Gassman, Doris Dowling, and Silvana Mangano.
‘Bitter Rice’ Summary
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.
- 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
- New English subtitle translation
- PLUS: An essay by critic Pasquale Iannone
New cover by Ken Laager
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