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The Organizer (1963)

I compagni (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History | 1963 (Yugoslavia)
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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
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Professor Sinigaglia
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Raoul
Gabriella Giorgelli ...
Adele
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Pautasso
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Martinetti
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Bianca
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Maestro Di Meo
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Baudet
Mario Pisu ...
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Niobe
Edda Ferronao ...
Maria
Anna Di Silvio ...
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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: [Referrinfg to Arro] If that Ethipopian goes to work tomorrow, one by one they will go back with yours truly first in line.
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A wonderful film about not giving up on solidarity
24 June 2007 | by (Berkeley CA) – See all my reviews

Titled "I Compagni" (The Comrades), 1964 American release of this controversial Italian film was as The Organizer, no doubt to avoid an anti-Communist reviewer backlash. While Marcello Mastroianni's Professor Sinigaglia endures some embarrassing indignities, he overcomes them. Working-girl refugee Niobe (wonderfully portrayed by Annie Girardot) helps him both emotionally and nutritionally. This is a wonderful film about not giving up on solidarity. I hold it in higher esteem than Norma Rae, one of the very few other films about working people organizing. The film suffers from being viewed as a not-so-funny comedy because of its over-individualized title. For many years, it was difficult to get a print for showing. Bosley Crowther favorably reviewed it for New York Times 7 May 1964. There is a review in Film Quarterly, Autumn 1964, which I have not seen.


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