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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Giovanni 'Nino' Garofoli
Johnny Dorelli ...
Italian Industrialist
Paolo Turco ...
Ugo D'Alessio ...
Old Man
Tano Cimarosa ...
Gianfranco Barra ...
The Turk
Giorgio Cerioni ...
Police Inspector
Francesco D'Adda ...
Geoffrey Copleston ...
Federico Scrobogna ...
Max Delys ...
Umberto Raho ...
Nelide Giammarco ...
The Blonde
Manfred Freyberger ...
Lo svizzero sportivo


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 <>

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You'll Laugh Till Your Heart Breaks


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18 January 1974 (Italy)  »

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Bread and Chocolate  »

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When Nino attempts to revive his inert industrialist boss with coffee, he inadvertently switches on the massage feature of the bed, dousing himself, but he is splash-free when he leaves to fill an ice bucket with water and shown dripping with the coffee after he returns to the bedroom. See more »


Edited into Bellissimo: Immagini del cinema italiano (1985) See more »

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A bittersweet comedy
13 August 2004 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

For the Italian cinema this is an important film. Not only because there's a big actor -Nino Manfredi- but because it's based on real situations of the time it was made...

In the Sixties and Seventies Italian and Spanish workers were the biggest immigrant groups in Switzerland. "Pane e cioccolata" talks about the experiences and difficulties of an Italian waiter in this country. Of course, some situations are caricatural, nevertheless the movie still keeps its strength because everything it's credible.

Manfredi's character wants to remain in Switzerland because he believes he can make enough money to help his family, he dreams of carrying there wife and children and giving them a better life. We laugh a lot, at the same time there's much sadness because we see someone who tries everything to integrate in another society, without success.

A bittersweet comedy, Italians are among the best moviemakers for mixing different feelings and talking about life.

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