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Bread and Chocolate (1974)
"Pane e cioccolata" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  18 January 1974 (Italy)
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Italian immigrant tries to become a member of Swiss society but fails as a waiter and even as a chicken plucker. He then becomes involved with shady wealthy character and tries to hide his ... See full summary »

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Nino Garofalo
Johnny Dorelli ...
Italian Industrialist
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Elena
Paolo Turco ...
Gianni
Ugo D'Alessio ...
Old Man
Tano Cimarosa ...
Giacomo
Gianfranco Barra ...
The Turk
Giorgio Cerioni ...
Police Inspector
Francesco D'Adda ...
Rudiger
Geoffrey Copleston ...
Boegli
Federico Scrobogna ...
Grigory
Max Delys ...
Renzo
Umberto Raho ...
Maitre
Nelide Giammarco ...
The Blonde
Manfred Freyberger ...
Lo svizzero sportivo
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Italian immigrant tries to become a member of Swiss society but fails as a waiter and even as a chicken plucker. He then becomes involved with shady wealthy character and tries to hide his Italian identity. He refuses to give up no matter how awful his situation. Written by Bill Smith <bsmith30@ix.netcom.com>

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You'll Laugh Till Your Heart Breaks

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It's all in the title.
25 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great tale about the "joys" of being an immigrant in 70's Switzerland and being rejected from their society for anything other than for labor.

It's all in the title, no connection to the popular "pane e Stella" Italian snack here, rather the bread is a metaphor for the immigrants who have little choice but working abroad to put bread on their families table, while the chocolate refers to the luxury Swiss product and symbolizes that country's wealth. It's bread and chocolate as in rich and poor, as in eating for survival as opposed to eating for pleasure, as in immigrant and swiss, etc.


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