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Bitter Rice (1949) Gets a Criterion Collection Edition

Riso amaro (original title)

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 falls in with a small-time criminal who is planning a daring heist of the crop.

Read the full summary, listen to our Criterion Critics episode, and to our Golden Age film review on 11/1/2021.

Special 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

Also available on iTunes

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Lux Film released Bitter Rice on September 7, 1949. Giuseppe De Santis directed the film starring Vittorio Gassman, Doris Dowling, and Silvana Mangano.

User Rating: 2.7 ( 1 votes)
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