Bread and Chocolate

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Bread and Chocolate
(Pane e cioccolata)
DVD cover
Directed byFranco Brusati
Produced byMaurizio Lodi-Fe
Turi Vasile
Written byFranco Brusati
Jaja Fiastri
Nino Manfredi
StarringNino Manfredi
Johnny Dorelli
Anna Karina
Music byDaniele Patucchi
CinematographyLuciano Tovoli
Edited byMario Morra
Distributed byCinéma International Corporation
Release date
1974 (Italy, France)
July 14, 1978 (USA)
Running time
111 minutes[1]
LanguageItalian, German, English

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.




  1. ^ Canby, Vincent (July 14, 1978), "Movie Review — Pane e Cioccolata (1973)", The New York Times, retrieved December 24, 2009
  2. ^ "Berlinale 1974: Prize Winners". Retrieved 2010-07-04.

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