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Director  Franco Brusati
Music director  Daniele Patucchi
7.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Drama
Country  Italy
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Language  Italian, German, English
Writer  Jaja Fiastri, Nino Manfredi
Release date  1974 (Italy, France) July 14, 1978 (USA)
Screenplay  Nino Manfredi, Franco Brusati, Jaja Fiastri
Cast  Nino Manfredi (Nino Garofalo), Johnny Dorelli (Italian Industrialist), Anna Karina (Elena), Paolo Turco (Gianni), Ugo D'Alessio (Old Man)
Similar movies  The Swissmakers, Youth, North Face, Der grosse Kanton, Sällskapsresan II - Snowroller, Wonderland
Tagline  You'll Laugh Till Your Heart Breaks

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Bread and Chocolate (Italian: Pane e cioccolata) is a 1974 Italian comedy-drama film directed by Franco Brusati. This film chronicles the misadventures of an Italian immigrant to Switzerland and is representative of the commedia all'italiana film genre.


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Like many southern Europeans of the period (1960s to early 1970s), Nino Garofalo (Nino Manfredi) is a migrant "guest worker" from Ciociaria, working as a waiter in Switzerland. He loses his work permit when he is caught urinating in public, so he begins to lead a clandestine life in Switzerland. At first he is supported by Elena, a Greek woman. Then he befriends an Italian industrialist, relocated to Switzerland because of financial problems. The industrialist takes him under his wing, only to commit suicide when he squanders his last savings. Nino is constrained to find shelter with a group of clandestine Neapolitans living in a chicken coop, together with the same chickens they tend to in order to survive. Captivated by the idyllic vision of a group of young blonde, Swiss youths, he decides to dye his hair and pass himself off as a local. In a bar, when rooting for the Italian national football team during its transmission, he is found out after celebrating a goal scored by Fabio Capello. He is arrested and deported. He embarks on a train and finds himself in a cabin filled with returning Italian guest workers. Amid the songs of "sun" and "sea", he is seen having second thoughts. He gets off at the first stop: better life as an illegal immigrant than a life of misery.


  • Nino Manfredi as Nino Garofalo
  • Johnny Dorelli as Italian Industrialist
  • Anna Karina as Elena
  • Paolo Turco as Gianni
  • Ugo D'Alessio as Old Man
  • Tano Cimarosa as Giacomo
  • Gianfranco Barra as The Turk
  • Giorgio Cerioni as Police Inspector
  • Francesco D'Adda as Rudiger
  • Geoffrey Copleston as Boegli
  • Federico Scrobogna as Grigory
  • Max Delys as Renzo
  • Umberto Raho as Maitre
  • Nelide Giammarco as The Blonde
  • Manfred Freyberger as Lo svizzero sportivo
  • Awards

  • The film won several international awards including the Silver Bear at the 24th Berlin International Film Festival in 1974.
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Language Film 1978
  • References

    Bread and Chocolate Wikipedia
    Bread and Chocolate IMDb Bread and Chocolate

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