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25 March 1963 (Italy) See more »
In the industrial North, Giovanni is a skilled factory worker offered a promotion if he'll go to Sicily for 18 months to assist in a new department... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Beautiful, elegant modernism, but too short on story and character. See more (7 total) »


Carlo Cabrini ... Giovanni
Anna Canzi ... Liliana

Directed by
Ermanno Olmi 
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Ermanno Olmi  writer

Produced by
Goffredo Lombardo .... producer
Original Music by
Gianni Ferrio 
Cinematography by
Lamberto Caimi 
Film Editing by
Carla Colombo 
Production Design by
Ettore Lombardi 
Art Direction by
Ettore Lombardi 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roberto Seveso .... Camera operator

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Also Known As:
"I fidanzati" - Italy (original title)
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77 min
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10 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, elegant modernism, but too short on story and character., 10 February 2006
Author: eyeseehot from Amherst, Massachusetts

This is elegant sixties modernism with a subtle socialist thrust. With a bit too much technique, concentration on beautiful, striking shots and fragmented narration studded with flashbacks, the story and characters, though interesting, don't have quite enough weight to involve the viewer. The modernist love of the cryptic goes a little overboard, though in an intriguing way, as for example in the long opening sequence in a dance hall as people gather for the dance and you take a while to figure out what's going on. The man takes a career opportunity to move up from welding by going to work at a distant, isolated plant. The plant and its environs represent industrial capitalism and the city overspreading the countryside. Arresting moments, like the dog straying into the church, or the young boy working very fast in the restaurant, as well as the individuality of a variety of people glimpsed in passing, give the movie a mysterious and moving charm. Yet telling so much of the story without dialog weakens our sense of the characters. It draws you in slowly but a bit too much is withheld. Il Posto stays closer to the characters and feels warmer, though the ending of Fidanzati has magic.

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