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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 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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You'll Laugh Till Your Heart Breaks

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Comedy | Drama

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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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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 »

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

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Sekt Mit Sugar
Written Guido Patrizio (as G. Patrizio) and Daniele Patucchi (as D. Patrucchi)
Sung by Guido Patrizio
Orchestrated and directed by Daniele Patucchi
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A bittersweet comedy
13 August 2004 | by michelerealiniSee 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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