Bread, Love and Dreams (1954): Oscar Nominee from Italy

Bread, Love and Dreams (Italian: Pane, amore e fantasia) is an Italian romantic comedy film directed by Luigi Comencini.

It is usually considered as the most famous example of what became known as “Pink neorealism.”

It won the Silver Bear award at the 4th Berlin International Film Festival

Gina Lollobrigida renders one of her best performances in this film, whose popularity resulted in two sequels, one with Lollobrigida: Pane, amore e gelosia (US title: Frisky) and the open-ended Pane, amore e… (English title: Scandal in Sorrento), starring Sophia Loren in the female lead.


Vittorio De Sica as Antonio Carotenuto
Gina Lollobrigida as Maria De Ritis
Marisa Merlini as Annarella Mirziano
Virgilio Riento as Don Emidio
Tina Pica as Caramella
Maria-Pia Casilio as Paoletta

De Sica had also reprised his role in the Spanish-set Bread, Love and Andalusia (1958).

Oscar Nominations: 1

Motion Picture Story: Ettore Margadonna

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context

The Oscar went to Philip Yordan for the Western, “Broken Lance.”