Pane, amore e fantasia (1953) AKA Bread, Love and Dreams


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.

Director: Luigi Comencini. AKA Bread, Love and Dreams
Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Gina Lollobrigida, Roberto Risso, Marisa Merlini, Virgilio Riento, Maria Pia Casilio, Tina Pica, Memmo Carotenuto, Guglielmo Barnabo, Nino Vingelli, Vittoria Crispo, Gigi Reder, Mario Meniconi, Checco Rissone, Alfredo Rizzo, Violetta Gragnani, Giulio Battiferri, Attilio Torelli, Fausto Guerzoni.

1955 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Writing, Motion Picture Story (Ettore Maria Margadonna).


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  1. Steves
    July 11, 2019

    Terrific film. Thanks, Jon!

  2. August 18, 2023

    Thanks so much for this. Do you have any intention of uploading the follow up “Pane, Amore e Gelosia?(Bread, Love and Jealousy, US title: Frisky)

  3. Mimi
    October 6, 2023

    It is a beautiful movie.
    I was a child and fan of Gina lollo, when this movie came to my country. My parents and my sister went to see it. I was very sick and could not go.
    So my sister, wrote the whole story and when they came back home, she woke me up and read the whole story to me.
    Until today that I am sitting in my living room I never get a chance to watch this movie. But today after many years I decided it is time to watch this movie.
    Brings lots of good memories of my childhood.
    Thank you for making this available. Mimi

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