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Thursday
Aug 08 2019

Intermission/Posterized: Dino De Laurentiis 100th

Today in showbiz history the famous and sometimes infamous producerDino de Laurentiiswas born in a province of Naples,Italy.We'll take an intermission on our five or six part celebration today butwe hope you've enjoyed the write-upsonBitter Rice(1949) and the Fellini years,the creation of Dinocitta and its famous high-grossing but also-floppingThe Bible: In the Beginning(1966),and his early years in America with gritty dramas likeSerpico(1973) andDeath Wish(1974).We resume tomorrow evening with the much-derided but very successfulKing Kong(1976) which just so happened to be the film debut of Jessica Lange.

Until then which of these 18 early De Laurentiis' productions have you seen?Do you have a favourite?He produced hundreds of his films in his career,starting at the age of 20,so this is just a small sample of his work in the first 30+ decades of his career...

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Monday
Aug 05 2019

De Laurentiis pt 1: "Bitter Rice"and the Fellini Years

This week at TFE we're celebrating the centennial of one of cinema's most prolific and legendary producers,Dino De Laurentiis.  We'll start with three of his key influential early films.Here'sEric Blume...

Bitter Rice was De Laurentiis breakthrough international hit.He married its star

De Laurentiis,born outside of Naples,set up his own company in 1946 when he was just 27 years old.He produced four smaller films before making a huge splash onto the international scene with 1949'sBitter Rice,a film currently available through the Criterion Collection.Bitter Riceserves up an arresting and hypnotic blend of melodrama,sexuality,and social commentary.The film is set in northern Italy during a typical spring where hundreds of poor women travel to the rice fields to work to the bone for forty days.  There are workers with a legal contract and then the "illegals"who come in hopes of getting an opportunity.Within this sociopolitical context,our story finds two thieves (Doris Dowling and Victoria Gassman) hiding amongst the farm,intertwined in love stories with an impulsive young peasant girl (Silvana Mangano) and a soldier from the nearby station (Raf Vallone)...

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