Friday, March 15, 2013

Riso amaro (Bitter Rice, 1949)

Director: Giuseppe De Santis
Starring: Silvana Mangano, Doris Dowling, Vittorio Gassman, Raf Vallone
Label: Dolmen Home Video (2007)
Format: DVD / PAL / Region 2
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 b/w
Audio: Italian (Dolby Digital 1.0 mono/5.1 remix)
Subtitles: English, Italian

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What's the film about?
Persuaded by her lover, a young maid steals a precious necklace and then, in order to escape police, she joins a group of rice weeders (the so-called "mondine"). Director Giuseppe De Santis had been an omnivorous critic, and in fact his filmmaking is often characterized by hybridization of styles and narrative models, ranging from Italian realism to Mexican epics, from Soviet musicals to American crime movies. Thus, even if his screenplays were meant to be Marxist exemplums, his baroque visual style and his passion for erotic melodrama often result in delirious, highly enjoyable cinematic experience.

...if you want to get in touch with Neorealism in its oddest and hottest incarnation.


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