LanguageItalian, German, English WriterJaja Fiastri, Nino Manfredi Release date1974 (Italy, France)
July 14, 1978 (USA) ScreenplayNino Manfredi, Franco Brusati, Jaja Fiastri CastNino Manfredi (Nino Garofalo), Johnny Dorelli (Italian Industrialist), Anna Karina (Elena), Paolo Turco (Gianni), Ugo D'Alessio (Old Man) Similar moviesThe Swissmakers, Youth, North Face, Der grosse Kanton, Sällskapsresan II - Snowroller, Wonderland
TaglineYou'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.
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
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