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FredCDobbs

"BITTER RICE" .......

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I first saw this film in a theater in 1952 when I was 10 years old. It was my first experience with Italian neo-realism films and Italian dames. :)

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The film was in Italian, like it is now, with English sub-titles. And I was a slow reader, so I couldn't follow the story. So I wound up just looking at the dames. :):)

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Silvana Mangano is one of the most beautiful women to grace the screen, anywhere, at any time. IMHO. Period.

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I realized last night that I still don't bother reading the sub-titles. I still spend the whole movie watching the girls. :)

 

 

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LOL. well, its not too plot heavy, but you might miss some of the humor........

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I watched the movie clip and the What's My Line episode as well. She was very beautiful. I did not realize *Riso Amaro* was *Bitter Rice*. Did she not get an Oscar for *The Rose Tattoo* proving she could act as well? I need to see this film.

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You must be thinking of Anna Magnani..........(Rose Tatoo).

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That was Anna Magnani in The Rose Tattoo. Unfortunately for Anna, she was just a little too old when finally discovered by American film makers, although she was still good looking.

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Silvana (aka Giada's DiLaurentiis' grandmother) was a knockout! She's kind of a mix of Ingrid Bergman and Sophia Loren, physically speaking. Bellisima!

 

I've seen Bitter Rice before on TCM and was impressed. Never realized just how handsome Vittorio Gassman was.

 

 

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THANKS, guys.

 

 

Now I REGRET having missed it!

 

 

I just kept thinking ANY rice I cook is "bitter rice".

 

 

Sepiatone

 

 

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Yogi, since you posted that info(Silvana being Giada DeLaurentis's Grandmother), I went on a search for Silvana images.

 

 

Not only was Ms. Mangano a KNOCKOUT, but I DID notice some of the same features in both Grandma and grand daughter. SOME of the photos I saw made me think of "Giada in costume".

 

 

Sepiatone

 

 

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That film was considered pretty "hot" in those days. In a lot a places the censors banned it. You saw it when you were ten?. What'd ya do, Fred, sneak in the back door to see the "dirty" Italian film. :^0

 

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> {quote:title=Hibi wrote:}{quote}You must be thinking of Anna Magnani..........(Rose Tatoo).

 

I was. Oops!

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I saw it at a small-town theater in the South. I think the theater owner must have been a film buff because he occasionally showed foreign films, documentaries, and a few silent films. I saw King Kong at the same theater. I also saw CHANG (1927) in the same theater.

 

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Great film, Fred. I remember you touting it a few months back. Yes, great looking women. Strange that most of those rice women were good looking. Sylvana was amazing. Doris Dowling looked great too.

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> {quote:title=Sepiatone wrote:}{quote}

> THANKS, guys.

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> I just kept thinking ANY rice I cook is "bitter rice".

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> Sepiatone

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NEVER use an aluminum pan to cook rice. That will make it bitter. Use 1/2 tablespoon of oil per cup of dried rice. Best to use peanut oil, better yet roasted peanut oil, also good, sesame oil. Your rice will never be bitter again... :)

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(I use a microwave. About 750 - 1000 watts. 2 cups water, 3/4 cups Uncle Ben's rice. Microwave in an open bowl for 6 minutes. Let sit for 2 minutes to cool off. Microwave another 6 minutes. Let sit for 2 minutes. Microwave for 4 minutes. Let sit several minutes. Nice fluffy rice.)

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Hopefully NOT white rice. Brown rice is much healthier, takes longer to cook, but soo much better for you! :)

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I prefer real rice, in a stainless steel sauce pan. I get the water to a low boil, put in the rice, put on the lid, wait 15 minutes, turn the burner off, wait a few more minutes, serve. Actually easier than the my-crow-waves... :)

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Youse people seem to be wasting a lot of time making rice. I use Uncle

Ben's Ready Rice. Pop the pouch in the microwave for 90 seconds, put

on a plate, add some margarine and salt. Very tasty.

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Taste like a cross between tofu, couch cushion, and maggots... I call it racist to blame something like that crap on a black man. I eat only real rice. :P

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Val, ALL my pots are aluminum, but with non-stick coating. Are you saying the coating doesn't help?

 

 

And how did you know I wasn't KIDDING about my rice being bitter(I wasn't, y'know).

 

 

Sepiatone

 

 

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Speaking of rice, with Mardi Gras around the corner do you cook anything special for Fat Tuesday?

I'm gonna do a Zatarain's gumbo mix with rice, sausage, shrimp and okra.

For dessert, a pączek or two pączki. Nothing like going international. :)

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