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Bread, Love and Dreams (1953)

Pane, amore e fantasia (original title)
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:

Luigi Comencini

Writers:

Luigi Comencini (story and screenplay), Ettore Maria Margadonna (story and screenplay) (as Ettore M. Margadonna) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittorio De Sica ... Maresciallo Carotenuto
Gina Lollobrigida ... La Bersagliera
Marisa Merlini Marisa Merlini ... Anna Mirziato
Virgilio Riento Virgilio Riento ... Don Emidio
Tina Pica Tina Pica ... Caramella
Roberto Risso Roberto Risso ... Carabiniere Stelluti
Vittoria Crispo Vittoria Crispo ... Madre della Bersagliera
Maria Pia Casilio Maria Pia Casilio ... Paoletta
Memmo Carotenuto Memmo Carotenuto ... Carabiniere Baiocchi
Guglielmo Barnabò Guglielmo Barnabò ... Il sindaco
Gigi Reder Gigi Reder ... Ricuccio
Mario Meniconi Mario Meniconi ... Matteo
Nino Vingelli ... Venditore ambulante
Checco Rissone Checco Rissone ... Barbiere
Attilio Torelli Attilio Torelli ... Rumbumbù
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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

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Taglines:

There is a time for bread...a time for love...a time for dreams... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

19 May 1954 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bread, Love and Dreams See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Titanus See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

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Followed by Pane, amore e..... (1955) See more »

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Comedy of custom on a little italian village
11 May 2018 | by elo-equipamentosSee all my reviews

A small village on italian countryside is the perfect scenario to unfolding a story where everybody knows about other's lives,the people will talk in each little suspicious moves....all this happen when a new chief of the police arrives in town, an unmarried man he'll be advised by the priest who takes care about everything. The picture was a hit in those time and gave a sequel,a still young Lolobrigida and the mid age Vittorio De Sica made a remarkable performance in this enjoyable custom italian comedy!!

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First watch: 2018 / How many: 1 / Source: DVD / Rating: 8.5


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