Bread, Love and Dreams

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Bread, Love and Dreams
Pane-amore-e-fantasia Bread, Love and Dreams.jpg
Directed by Luigi Comencini
Produced by Marcello Girosi
Written by Luigi Comencini
Ettore Margadonna
Starring Vittorio De Sica
Gina Lollobrigida
Music by Alessandro Cicognini
Cinematography Arturo Gallea
Edited by Mario Serandrei
Distributed by Titanus (Italy)
I.F.E. Releasing Corporation (USA)
Release date
22 December 1953
Running time
90 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

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.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "4th Berlin International Film Festival: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 

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