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Bitter Rice (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)

Bitter Rice (1949) Blu-ray
 
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- US RELEASED DISC.
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Bitter Rice Blu-ray
Riso amaro
Criterion | 1949 | 108 min | Not rated | Jan 12, 2016

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
Italian: LPCM Mono

Subtitles
English

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
UPC 715515165112

DRAMA

Bitter Rice (1949) Blu-ray

Francesca and Walter are two-bit criminals in Northern Italy, and, in an effort to avoid the police, Francesca joins a group of women rice workers...

Director: Giuseppe De Santis
Writers: Corrado Alvaro, Giuseppe De Santis, Carlo Lizzani, Franco Monicelli, Mario Monicelli, Carlo Musso
Starring: Vittorio Gassman, Doris Dowling, Silvana Mangano, Raf Vallone, Checco Rissone

Riso amaro

During planting season in Northern Italy's Po Valley, an earthy rice-field worker (the seductive 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.

Special Features:
New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Giuseppe de Santis, a 2007 documentary by screenwriter Carlo Lizzani
Interview with Lizzani from 2003
Trailer
New English subtitle translation
PLUS: An essay by critic Pasquale Iannone
STREET DATE: JANUARY 12.

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