Cinema: Import

Bitter Rice (Lux Film] is an Italian-made melodrama with many points of resemblance to a U.S. thriller. It is lifted out of the ordinary by 1) its star, a sexy, sultry young woman named Silvana Mangano, and 2) its subject, the rice harvest of northern Italy.

A pair of jewel thieves on the run from the police join the migrant workers crowded into an abandoned barracks on Italian estate. One of them (Hollywood's Doris Dowling) slogs into the rice paddies and finds redemption in hard work and the love of an army sergeant (Raf Vallone)....

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