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Vittorio Gassman and Silvano Mangano in Riso Amaro (1949)

Dutch postcard by Centrafilm, Dordrecht. Photo: Vittorio Gassman and Silvana Mangano in Riso amaro/Bitter Rice (Giuseppe de Santis, 1949). Collection: Egbert Barten.


Handsome, flamboyant Vittorio Gassman (1922-2000) was one of the greatest Italian theatre and film actors with an extraordinary career that spanned five decades. With his powerful voice he was an extremely versatile, magnetic interpreter, whose long career included both highlights of the commedia all’italiana genre as well as powerful melodramas in which he played the beloved rogue.


Beautiful Italian film star Silvana Mangano (1930-1989) is best remembered as the sexy rice picker in Bitter Rice (1949), and as Tadzio’s elegant mother in Death in Venice (1971).


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