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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 (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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10 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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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 »

Quotes

Giovanni 'Nino' Garofoli: You're Italian, and I'm Italian. But is it enough to make us alike? Am I like you?
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

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 unique comedy
2 May 1999 | by Paul-250See all my reviews

This film about the struggles of an Italian immigrant in Switzerland generates bizarrely conflicting emotions; indeed at times you don't know whether to laugh or cry! I saw this years ago when I was at university and I expect it has dated in the sense that the status of immigrants has changed a lot since then. It may even be disquieting at times for those who have grown-up believing that they must never laugh at particular social groups, but the film is clearly sympathetic to those whose dignity is compromised daily by their circumstances of life. I defy anyone not to cry with laughter at the restaurant and chicken-coop scenes.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | German | English | French | Greek | Spanish

Release Date:

18 January 1974 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Verona Produzione See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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