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Bitter Rice

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Two on-the-run robbers wind up laboring in a rice field and plan to recruit more laborers for their next crime.

Bitter Rice (Riso Amaro) is a 1949 Italian film directed and written by Giuseppe De Santis. Bitter Rice, directed by Dino De Laurentiis and starring Silvana Mangano, Raf Vallone, Doris Dowling, and Vittorio Gassman, was a commercial triumph in both Europe and the United States. It was created in the Italian neorealism style. The film’s Italian title is a pun; because the Italian word riso may mean either “rice” or “laughing,” riso amaro can mean either “bitter laughter” or “bitter rice.”

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