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      Bread, Love and Dreams

      Released Sep 20, 1954 1h 30m Comedy List
      Reviews 70% Audience Score 250+ Ratings After being transferred to a sleepy village in the mountains, Italian police chief Antonio Carotenuto (Vittorio De Sica) decides to occupy his time by finding a wife. When he meets knockout Maria De Ritis (Gina Lollobrigida), otherwise known as Frisky, Carotenuto makes his move, but the town heartbreaker already has her mind set on Pietro Stelluti, a young cop on his squad. However, Carotenuto still might find a wife in midwife Annarella Mirziano (Marisa Merlini). Read More Read Less

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      Virginia Graham The Spectator 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 Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Vittorio De Sica is a veteran carabinieri assigned to a small town in rural Italy. He takes a shine to the local midwife, but after she rebuffs him, he focuses his attention on the much younger Gina Lollabrigida, the town wild girl who goes by the nickname "Frisky". It turns out she has a crush on a very shy young carabinieri under De Sica's command ... so shy, he has hid the fact that he returns her affection. De Sica gives up his pursuit and acts as matchmaker for the two. It's a good thing because the midwife likes him after all and everybody's super happy. An amiable romantic comedy lightly influenced by neorealism ... it vividly creates it's rural setting to tell a light, fluffy story. This is probably Lollabrigida's best performance. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member With "Pane, amore e fantasia" Neorealism becomes "rosa" (pink) and opens the way to italian comedy: talk about love not war (untill Monicelli's "La grande guerra")! Gina Lollobrigida is so beautiful, but Castellani's "Due soldi di speranza" is far superior. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Competent romantic comedy, but nothing special. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Really nice and well directed! Brilliant Lollobrigida! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member This type of comedy never gets old. 60 years old, still amazing! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis After being transferred to a sleepy village in the mountains, Italian police chief Antonio Carotenuto (Vittorio De Sica) decides to occupy his time by finding a wife. When he meets knockout Maria De Ritis (Gina Lollobrigida), otherwise known as Frisky, Carotenuto makes his move, but the town heartbreaker already has her mind set on Pietro Stelluti, a young cop on his squad. However, Carotenuto still might find a wife in midwife Annarella Mirziano (Marisa Merlini).
      Director
      Luigi Comencini
      Screenwriter
      Ettore Maria Margadonna
      Distributor
      I.F.E. Releasing Corporation
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      Italian
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 20, 1954, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      Apr 16, 2013
      Runtime
      1h 30m