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UCL Mellon Programme: Interdisciplinary Seminar 2008-2009

Seminar: 19 January 2009 (Chair: Dr Federica Mazzara, more ... )

Italian Cinema of Migration

A screening and discussion of

Pane e cioccolata : Bread and Chocolate (dir. Franco Brusati, 1973)

Starring Nino Manfredi and Anna Karina.


Pane e cioccolata is a film that reminds us that before being a destination country for many immigrants, Italy was a country of emigration.

The film portraits one specific form of emigration that saw millions of Italians migrating to other European countries, especially between the ‘60s and ‘80s.

Nino Garofalo, the main character of this film, is an immigrant worker from southern Italy struggling to make a life in the difficult Teutonic world of Switzerland. This Chaplinesque character finds himself forced into ever more degrading situations, but he never gives up and remains hopeful. A comic portrait of an intense man desperately trying to fit in to a society he doesn't seem suited for. This drama-comedy delivers laugh while making a valid statements about class and injustice.

Suggested reading

Duncan D., “Come tu mi vuoi': representations of migrant desire in recent Italian cinema”. Italian Studies (Special Issue: Thinking Italian Film), 2008.

Grassilli M., “Migrant Cinema: Transnational and Guerrilla Practices of Film Production and Representation”. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 34, 8 (November 2008) 1237-1255.

Naficy H., “Situating Accented Cinema”, in An Accented Cinema. Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton UP 2001), pp. 10-36.

Parati G., “Migration Cinema”, in Migration Italy. The Art of Talking Back in a Destination Culture , (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005).

Ponzanesi S., “The Outlandish Cinema”, in Ponzanesi S., Merolla, D., Migrant Cartographies. New Cultural and Literary Spaces in Postcolonial Europe (Lanham: Lexingtonbooks, 2005), pp. 267-280.


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