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Bread and Chocolate (1974)

Pane e cioccolata (original title)
Italian immigrant Nino steadfastly tries to become a member of Swiss Society no matter how awful his situation becomes.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Paolo Turco ...
Gianni
Ugo D'Alessio ...
Pietro
Tano Cimarosa ...
Gigi
Gianfranco Barra ...
The Turk
Giorgio Cerioni ...
Police Inspector
Francesco D'Adda ...
Rudiger
Geoffrey Copleston ...
Boegli (as Geoffrey Copplestone)
Federico Scrobogna ...
Grigory
Max Delys ...
Renzo
Johnny Dorelli ...
Italian Industrialist
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Elena
Umberto Raho ...
Jacques, il Maitre
Nelide Giammarco ...
The Blonde
Manfred Freyberger ...
Swissman on Bar
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

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18 January 1974 (Italy)  »

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"Bread and Chocolate" won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Film in 1978, four years after the films production, because the film wasn't released in America until 1978. See more »

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

L'Uomo Non E' De Legno
Written by I. Fiastri and U. Calise
Orchestrated and directed by Ugo Calise
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First movie I ever saw.....
14 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

I was four when Bread and Chocolate played at a small theater in San Francisco. My mother decided to take me(no babysitter). The story I've heard many, many times was that I was upset with her that she wouldn't (although now I realize it was more that she couldn't) read the subtitles to me. I eventually became frustrated with her and moved two isles over. My mom has said that she would turn to watch me and although I couldn't truly read the subtitle or comprehend the language, I laughed continually throughout the movie. She said I truly enjoyed Bread and Chocolate. Many years later I rented the movie and it's amazing. It's exactly as I remembered it. Truly a gem of a movie, though the second time around I was able to fully grasp the meaning of this movie. It's universal and it's timeless. I now own this on DVD and have enjoyed sharing it with my family and friends. Certainly a must see movie!


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