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Bitter Rice

Giuseppe De Santis's belated neorealist effort (1948), about the exploitation of women working in the Po Valley rice fields, was sold to the American public using shots of a nubile Silvana Mangano wading in the water with her skirt hiked up. The movie went on to make Mangano a star, and if memory serves, it's a lot more substantial than the cheesecake ads made it appear. With Vittorio Gassman, Raf Vallone, Doris Dowling, and Lia Corelli.


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