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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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a gem of a picture
24 November 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Way back in 1985, my then girlfriend insists I watch a movie playing on television. As it was the beginning of our relationship, I consented. And I was amazed how much I loved it. Not just because I'm 2nd generation Italian and a raging closet Marxist, and not just because I laughed harder than I ever had or ever have since (just wait for the chicken coop scene), but mostly because this is a poignant (ridiculously funny and terribly sad) movie about cultural identity, envy and the struggle for personal fulfilment. What surprises me is how difficult this movie is to find. Until recently, I've only since seen it in VHS without English subs at a video store in Little Italy. Finally this year I found a DVD rip on the web. I watched it again to see how it holds up. While there is a bit of sentimental drag in parts, it's still a gem of a picture and still holds up after 37 years. Nino Manfredi was marvellous. Anna Karina was sublime. The plot was wildly adventurous. The illegal immigrant experience is just as relevant. And the chicken coop scene still had me LMAO. You'll love it.


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