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Bread, Love and Dreams

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Genre  Comedy, Romance
Country  Italy
7/10 IMDb

Director  Luigi Comencini
Music director  Alessandro Cicognini
Language  Italian
Bread, Love and Dreams movie poster
Writer  Luigi Comencini, Ettore Margadonna
Release date  22 December 1953
Film series  Bread, love and...Film series
Cast  Vittorio De Sica (Maresciallo Carotenuto), Gina Lollobrigida (La Bersagliera), Marisa Merlini (Annarella), Tina Pica (Caramella), Maria Pia Casilio (Paoletta), Roberto Risso (Carabiniere Stelluti)
Similar movies  Bread - Love and Dreams and Frisky are part of the same movie series

Bread, Love and Dreams (Italian: Pane, amore e fantasia) is a 1953 Italian romantic comedy film directed by Luigi Comencini. At the 4th Berlin International Film Festival it won the Silver Bear award.


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Plot summary

Vittorio De Sica plays the middle-aged marshal Antonio Carotenuto of the Carabinieri in a remote fictional Italian mountain village named Sagliena (actually the village of Castel San Pietro Romano, in Lazio). He's anxious to marry, and selects young Maria De Ritis (Gina Lollobrigida) as his bride; but she is already in love with De Sica's shy subordinate Pietro Stelluti (played by Roberto Risso). Mistaking her headstrong behavior as promiscuity, De Sica makes advances towards her, but she spurns him. Forsaking the girl to the arms of Risso, De Sica decides to settle for village midwife Annarella Mirziano (Marisa Merlini). Things become more complicated when Annarella, the midwife, starts demonstrating her love to Antonio. She is hiding a secret and the Marshal soon will be in a difficult situation.

Overview and response

Pane, amore e fantasia is usually considered the most famous example of Pink neorealism.

The film contains what many critics regard as Gina Lollobrigida's best and most naturalistic performance. The film's popularity resulted in two sequels, one with Lollobrigida: Pane, amore e gelosia (US title: Frisky) and the open-ended Pane, amore e... (English title: Scandal in Sorrento) starring Sophia Loren in the female lead role. De Sica also reprised his role in the Spanish-set Bread, Love and Andalusia (1958).

Main cast

  • Vittorio De Sica as Antonio Carotenuto
  • Gina Lollobrigida as Maria De Ritis
  • Marisa Merlini as Annarella Mirziano
  • Virgilio Riento as Don Emidio
  • Tina Pica as Caramella
  • Maria-Pia Casilio as Paoletta
  • Roberto Risso as Pietro Stelluti
  • Memmo Carotenuto as Sirio Baiocchi
  • Vittoria Crispo as Maria Antonia De Ritis
  • Guglielmo Barnabò as Don Concezio
  • References

    Bread, Love and Dreams Wikipedia
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