Bitter Rice ★★★ Riso Amaro 1949
Mangano became a star with her sultry performance about survival in postwar Italy. She scrapes by, working in the rice fields of the Po Valley, loved by the downtoearth Vallone, who provides her with little excitement. Gassman is the rottentothecore thief who meets up with Mangano while he's running from the police. He mistreats her, she steals his money and betrays her friends, and both destroy each other. In Italian with English subtitles. 96m/ C VHS . IT Silvana Mangano, Vittorio Gassman, Raf Vallone, Doris Dowling; D: Guiseppe de Santis; W: Guiseppe de Santis, Carlo Lizzani, Gianni Puccini; C: Otello Martelli; M: Goffredo Petrassi.