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|Also Known As:||Died:||May 16, 1997|
|Born:||February 11, 1917||Cause of Death:||heart attack|
|Birth Place:||Italy||Profession:||Writer ... director screenwriter assistant director writer|
Film critic and early advocate of Italian Neorealism who turned to directing after co-writing several films, notably Luchino Visconti's first feature "Ossessione" (1942). "Bitter Rice" (1949) remains De Santis' best known work, a somber but sexy study of female rice pickers in the Po Valley starring Silvana Mangano.
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