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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 »

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Production Co:

Verona Produzione See more »
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Runtime:

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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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Sinfonia No.1 in do maggiore
Music by Georges Bizet
Andante adagio eseguito dalla Orchestre national de France (as Orchestra Nazionale della O.R.T.F.)
Directed by Jean Martinon
Disco Deutsche Grammophon n. 2530186
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It's all in the title.
25 March 2005 | by vun88See all my reviews

Great tale about the "joys" of being an immigrant in 70's Switzerland and being rejected from their society for anything other than for labor.

It's all in the title, no connection to the popular "pane e Stella" Italian snack here, rather the bread is a metaphor for the immigrants who have little choice but working abroad to put bread on their families table, while the chocolate refers to the luxury Swiss product and symbolizes that country's wealth. It's bread and chocolate as in rich and poor, as in eating for survival as opposed to eating for pleasure, as in immigrant and swiss, etc.


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