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The Organizer (1963)
"I compagni" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  1963 (Yugoslavia)
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A former high school teacher turned unionist tries to organize workers laboring with inhuman conditions at a late 19th Century textile factory.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Professor Sinigaglia
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Raoul
Gabriella Giorgelli ...
Adele
Folco Lulli ...
Pautasso
Bernard Blier ...
Martinetti
Raffaella Carrà ...
Bianca
François Périer ...
Maestro Di Meo
Vittorio Sanipoli ...
Baudet
Mario Pisu ...
Manager
Kenneth Kove ...
Luigi
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Niobe
Edda Ferronao ...
Maria
Anna Di Silvio ...
Gesummina
Roberto Diamanti
Elvira Tonelli ...
Cesarina
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The story of exploited textile factory workers in Turin, Italy at the turn of the century and their beginnings of their fight for better working conditions. Professor Sinigaglia (Marcello Mastroianni) is sent by (presumably) the Socialists to help them organize their strike and give form to their struggle. Written by alfiehitchie

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Raoul: [Referring to an elderly worker whose hand was mangled] How is he?
Pautasso: [Laconically] Hands don't grow back.
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Underrated Italian Masterpiece
3 January 2013 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The difference between this film and a lot of other strike/union related films, is that it has a sense of humor and is not taken with its own self importance. As a matter a fact, the film is quite measured and cautious in its outlook. There are no heroics here, everybody is a full fledged human being with his/her weaknesses and strengths. Mastroianni is particularly wonderful here in a very nuanced performance, where he goes from nebbish professor to inspirational and powerful leader in matters of seconds. The script is very strong and Rotunno's cinematography is excellent. Monicelli injects the film with so many details that hit their mark, that he has gone from a very good director to a great one in my estimation. The early scenes at the factory are truly remarkable in a uniquely cinematic way. They hardly contain any dialogue and put you in the workers place in a remarkably efficient way.

Highly recommended.


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