Director: Luigi Comencini
Cast: Vittorio De Sica, Gina Lollobrigida, Marisa Merlini
Italy, 90’, 1953, black & white
Italian with Turkish subtitles
"Europe’s Biggest Sex Bomb in an All-Out Explosion!" A major hit at home and abroad — it won the Silver Bear at Berlin, and was Oscar nominated for Best Story — this saucy comedy features vivacious Gina Lollobrigida in one of her signature roles. The director is Luigi Comencini, a leading figure in “pink (or rosy) neorealism,” a softer, more upbeat form of Italian neorealism that joined realist, typically rustic settings with romantic comedy conventions — and a glamorous actress or two. Bread, Love and Dreams is the most prominent example of the rosy style. La Lollo stars as mountain village beauty Maria, ardently pursued by the town’s middle-aged police marshal (played by the great actor-director Vittorio De Sica), but actually in love with one of his deputies (Roberto Risso). Marisa Merlini co-stars as the local midwife. The film’s great success spawned a series of "Bread and Love" movies, including a sequel with the same cast and crew and another directed by Dino Risi, a principal talent, with Comencini, in pink neorealism and its successor, commedia all’italiana.
The exhibition “Look At Me! Portraits and Other Fictions from the ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection” examined portraiture, one of the oldest artistic genres, through a significant number of works of our times. Paintings, photographs, sculptures and videos shaped a labyrinth of gazes that invite spectators to reflect themselves in the social mirror of portraits.
1638, the year Louis XIV was born –his second name, Dieudonné, alluding to his God-given status– saw the diffusion of a cult of maternity encouraged by the very devout Anne of Austria, in thanks for the miracle by which she had given birth to an heir to the French throne. Simon François de Tours (1606-1671) painted the Queen in the guise of the Virgin Mary, and the young Louis XIV as the infant Jesus, in the allegorical portrait now in the Bishop’s Palace at Sens.
He had imagined the court room as a big place. It wasn’t. It was about the size of his living room, with an elevation at one end, with a dais on it. The judges and the attorneys sat there. Below it was an old wooden rail, worn out in some places. That was his place. There was another seat for his lawyer. At the back, about 20 or 30 chairs were stowed out for the non-existent crowd.
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