The third chapter in the series that revolutionised the comedy genre, loses a Lollobrigida but gains a Loren
A festival of colour in the splendid seaside setting of Posillipo
The third instalment of the incredibly successful Pane e amore series had to be made without the presence of Gina Lollobrigida’s “Bersagliera” character, who had left an indelible mark on the previous films. However, she is replaced by another actress of equally indisputable beauty, with her own unique temperament: Sophia Loren. On the other hand, Vittorio De Sica is ever-present as Marshal Carotenuto, who has left behind the Carabinieri Corps but not his incorrigible Casanova-esque philandering. Perhaps to make the most of Loren’s Neapolitan roots, the countryside of the Ciociaria region has been abandoned for the picture-postcard beauty of Posillipo, enhanced by the breath-taking colour photography of CinemaScope, introduced for the first time in the series. Behind the camera, Luigi Comencini gives way to Dino Risi. At the time, many critics raised their eyebrows and complained about a certain loss of direction, however this doesn’t much explain why today the film is still so joyful, entertaining, sunny, fluid, and above all loved by audiences.
Marshal Carotenuto leaves the Carabinieri Corps and returns to his native Sorrento, only to find his family home occupied by an attractive fishmonger. He is therefore forced to take lodgings with Violante, a spinster who has been disappointed in love. Carotenuto develops a crush on the fishmonger, and permits her some favourable treatment, however she is deeply in love with another man. The marshal will find consolation in the arms of Violante.