1949 | Italian Neorealism | 108 minutes | Italian with English subtitles
The film begins during the start of the rice-planting season in the Po Valley in Italy. To escape the law, Francesca and Walter, two small-time thieves, hide in the field with the female workers. One of the workers they meet is the shapely and beautiful Silvana. A conflict occurs as Silvana is attracted to both Walter and Marco, a soon-to-be-discharged soldier. But Silvana is excited by the criminal lifestyle of Walter. Tragically, Silvana soon learns, she made the wrong decision.
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- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Screenplay (Giuseppe DeSantis, Carlo Lizzani)
Cannes Film Festival: Nominated, Grand Prize
The film received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score
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A quintessential film of Italian neorealism of post World War II, although it became an international sensation due to the overt sex appeal of Silvana Mangano, then only 19.
Director/writer De Santis is a man with a dynamic way and absolutely no inhibitions in picturing a literal scene. His candid and natural presentation of the robustness and earthiness of life in a camp full of migrant women workers is bulging with vitality and his episodes of violence and love-making are slices of life in the raw.
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