Bread and Chocolate (1974)

Director
Franco Brusati

Main cast
Nino Manfredi; Johnny Dorelli; Anna Karina; Paolo Turco; Ugo D'Alessio

Genres
Comedy, Foreign

Description
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.


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