Bitter Rice

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Intended as a hard-hitting social critique of the exploitation of rice-field workers in the Po Valley, this was much criticised at the time for compromising its neo-realism by sugaring the bleak message with some souped-up sex and violence. Actually it all seems very mild now, but De Santis' bold camera style and superb handling of crowd movement are well worth a look.

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Duration: 108 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Giuseppe De Santis
Screenwriter: Giuseppe De Santis, Corrado Alvaro, Carlo Musso, Carlo Lizzani, Gianni Puccini, Ivo Perilli
Cast: Vittorio Gassman
Doris Dowling
Checco Rissone
Silvana Mangano
Raf Vallone
Lia Corelli
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