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Bread and Chocolate (1974)

Pane e cioccolata (original title)
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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Giovanni 'Nino' Garofoli
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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Goofs

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 »

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

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Moving and brilliant bitter comedy!
11 October 1999 | by (Luxembourg) – See all my reviews

This movie brilliantly and movingly, but always with a lot of irony, describes the plight of an Italian migrant laborer in Switzerland. Some scenes are among the best in the history of cinema.

A group of migrant laborers are doing some filthy work in a ramshackle barn. Through a small window they see some beautiful young Swiss adolescents riding on horse back. These youngsters look like gods compared to the poor ants in the barn!

In another scene the hero of the film has been trying very hard for some time to assimilate, to become even more Swiss then the Swiss themselves. But he can't suppress his deep feelings of identity for ever. One day he enters a pub and watches a soccer match between Italy and Switzerland. At a certain moment he can't control himself any more and starts shouting to encourage the Italian team. He makes such a nuisance of himself that the Swiss throw him out.

Utterly brilliant!


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