Bread, Love and Dreams (Pane, Amore e Fantasia) (1954)

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Vittorio De Sica plays the middle-aged marshal of carabiniers in a remote Italian mountain village. He's anxious to marry, and selects young Gina Lollobrigida as his bride; but she is already in love with De Sica's shy subordinate 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 Marisa Merlini. Originally titled Pane, Amore, e Fantasia when released in Italy, Bread, Love and Dreams contains what some regard as Gina Lollobrigida's best and most naturalistic performance. The film's popularity resulted in two sequels, both with Lollobrigida: Pane, Amore e Gelosia (US title: Frisky) and the open-ended Pane, Amore e... (released in the states as Scandal in Sorrento). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Vittorio De Sica
as The Marshal
Gina Lollobrigida
as The Girl "Frisky"
Marisa Merlini
as Midwife "Annarella"
Virgilio Riento
as Priest "Dom Emidio"
Roberto Risso
as The Carabiniere "Stelluti"
Memmo Carotenuto
as Another Carabiniere
Maria Pia Casilio
as Priest's Niece "Paoletta"
Tina Pica
as Housekeeper "Caramel"
Vittoria Crispo
as The Mother
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The heroine, Italy's golden pin-up girl, is, as a wild and beautiful peasant, neither too wild nor too beautiful to be credible, and both she and the lesser characters have an endearing quality about them which is irresistible.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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