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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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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An excellent movie
22 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If all the film-festival awards this movie has won haven't convinced you to see it, then my review probably will not either. Regardless, it is important to know how well-done this movie truly is. Nino Manfredi does an absolutely stellar performance as a poor Italian immigrant trying to fit in in a world which dislikes him and his kind. From the start, this seems like a regular enjoyable comedy, but quickly transitions into both a comedy and a drama. On the one-hand, Manfredi's Chaplinesque "loveable loser" character is both endearing and hilarious. On the other hand, the film offers true insight into the problem of immigrational bias and cultural dissimilarity, and a stabbing insight into the premise of a national identity; how it is both meaningless and yet extremely important. This film deserves every award it received and then some.


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