MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,445 this week

Bread, Love and Dreams (1953)
"Pane, amore e fantasia" (original title)

7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 820 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 5 critic

When a veteran marshal is sent to a small town, he quickly falls for two women: a midwife and an earthy young woman nicknamed "Frisky".

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story) (as Ettore M. Margadonna) , 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 33 titles
created 14 May 2012
 
a list of 3752 titles
created 31 Jul 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 21 Jan 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 131 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Bread, Love and Dreams (1953)

Bread, Love and Dreams (1953) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Bread, Love and Dreams.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Tribute to Naples, where director De Sica spent his first years, this is a collection of 6 Napolitean episodes : a clown exploited by a gangster ; an inconstant pizza seller (Sofia) loosing... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Silvana Mangano, Sophia Loren, Eduardo De Filippo
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Stories about three very different women and the men they attract.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Aldo Giuffrè
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Prior to leaving by train for Paris, a married American woman tries to break off her affair with a young Italian in Rome's Stazione Termini.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Jennifer Jones, Montgomery Clift, Gino Cervi
Il vigile (1960)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An unemployed man gets a job as traffic policeman but the traffic in the big city creates innumerous problems for the poor guy.

Director: Luigi Zampa
Stars: Alberto Sordi, Vittorio De Sica, Marisa Merlini
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An old woman finds a baby among the cauliflowers in her garden. She takes care of the orphan, and calls him Totò. When she dies, he is sent to an orphanage, which he leaves as a teenager. ... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Emma Gramatica, Francesco Golisano, Paolo Stoppa
Umberto D. (1952)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari
The Voyage (1974)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Adriana De Mauro loves Cesar Braggi, but Cesar, honoring his father's dying wish, allows his brother, Antonio, to marry Adriana. As fate wills, Antonio dies in an automobile accident. ... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Sophia Loren, Richard Burton, Ian Bannen
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In the late 1930s, in Ferrara, Italy, the Finzi-Contini are one of the leading families, wealthy, aristocratic, urbane; they are also Jewish. Their adult children, Micol and Alberto, gather... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Dominique Sanda, Lino Capolicchio, Helmut Berger
The Roof (1956)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Under provincial Italian law at the time, once a roof is erected, the occupants cannot be evicted from a building. This comedy follows the efforts of a family to erect the roof on a house ... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Gabriella Pallotta, Giorgio Listuzzi, Gastone Renzelli
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A comedy of errors in which the sweetly incompetent Dr. Pietro Vignali (de Sica) has been run deep into debt by his girlfriend, Loletta Prima (Magnani). After his creditors threaten to sell... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Adriana Benetti, Irasema Dilián
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Gemma, daughter of a lodger, is in love with her half-brother, but since she cannot marry him she ends up marrying a teacher. She doesn't love him and betrays him but is blackmailed by a ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Soldati
Stars: Gina Lollobrigida, Gabriele Ferzetti, Franco Interlenghi
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In Naples, a voice from the skies announces one morning that the final judgment will be at 6 p.m. on that day. What follows is a series of vignettes depicting various people's reactions (or lack there of) to the announcement.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Alberto Sordi, Vittorio Gassman, Anouk Aimée
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Marisa Merlini ...
Virgilio Riento ...
Tina Pica ...
Roberto Risso ...
Vittoria Crispo ...
Madre della Bersagliera
Maria Pia Casilio ...
Memmo Carotenuto ...
Carabiniere Baiocchi
Guglielmo Barnabò ...
Il sindaco
Gigi Reder ...
Mario Meniconi ...
Matteo
Nino Vingelli ...
Venditore ambulante
Checco Rissone ...
Barbiere
Attilio Torelli ...
Rumbumbù
Edit

Storyline

Marshal Antonio Carotenuto is sent to Sagliena, an imaginary little village in the center of Italy in the '50s, to assume his new mandate. In the village he knows Maria (Frisky) AKA 'la Bersagliera', secretly in love with a policeman (Carabiniere) reporting to Antonio. But also Paoletta, the priest's nephew, loves him. 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 restless situation. Written by 1felco

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

...the stuff great entertainment is made of!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 December 1953 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Bread, Love and Dreams  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Some of the dialogue is spoken in Abruzzese, a dialect spoken in the Abruzzo region of southern Italy. See more »

Connections

Followed by Scandal in Sorrento (1955) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Blurb.
2 September 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida ("La Lollo") had been in a number of smaller films before this 1953 blockbuster catapulted her to international fame. The success of this rustic comedy spawned a sequel a year later: PANE AMORE E GELOSIA or "FRISKY. In BREAD LOVE AND DREAMS Gina plays Maria De Ritis, called "Pizzicarella la Bersagliera" or "Frisky" in the distributor's translation. She is a feisty country girl in southern Italy's Ciociaria area. During the course of the film she is pursued by the town's new "maresciallo" (local police chief), a lewd and lascivious woman-chaser played as only Vittorio De Sica could play lewd and lascivious, that is with great delight. At the same time Lollo is being flirtatious with the newly arrived young police officer from the north. Amorous complications ensue in what is essentially a modernized "commedia dell'arte" piece with performers of enormous appeal. The cast also includes Marisa Merlini as the midwife the maresciallo has an eye on as well. And there's the unique and marvelous character actress Tina Pica in a smaller role. Luigi Comencini directed both this film and its immediate sequel, which has much of the same cast, with great gusto.


13 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Bread, Love and Dreams (1953) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?