Directed by Giuseppe de Santis
dreary rice fields of the Po Valley, a thief on the run meets a
hard-working, beautiful girl. Silvana Mangano portrays the seductive rice worker who
betrays her comrades in order to steal the thief's loot, a role which rocketed her to
international stardom. Intended as a social critique by Marxist writer and director
Giuseppe De Santis, Bitter Rice became a surprise international hit because of
its overt sexuality. With Vittorio Gassman, Raf Vallone, Doris Dowling and Lia
Corelli. Italian with English subtitles. B&W. 106 minutes.