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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.

Director:

Franco Brusati

Writers:

Franco Brusati (story), Franco Brusati (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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

You'll Laugh Till Your Heart Breaks

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | German | English | French | Greek | Spanish

Release Date:

18 January 1974 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Bread and Chocolate See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Verona Produzione See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"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 »

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L'Uomo Non E' De Legno
Written by Jaja Fiastri (as I. Fiastri) and Ugo Calise (as U. Calise)
Orchestrated and directed by Ugo Calise
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An excellent movie
22 January 2006 | by gomulchSee 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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