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Il Posto (1961)

Il posto (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 12 July 1962 (Portugal)
A very young college graduate attempts to obtain a position with a large corporation.

Director:

Ermanno Olmi
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Loredana Detto Loredana Detto ... Antonietta Masetti
Sandro Panseri Sandro Panseri ... Domenico Cantoni
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Storyline

Domenico and Antonietta are two suburban Italian youths who meet while seeking "a job for life" from a big city corporation. After a bizarre screening process made up of written exams, physical agility exercises, and interview questions such as "Do you drink to forget your troubles?" (Domenico and Antonietta are no older than 17 or 18), they land jobs in the "Technical Division" and "Typing Services" respectively. From there, Domenico works as an underutilized errand boy until a clerk position is vacated by the death of an older employee. Domenico finally takes his place in a room of 12 other clerks with a manager overseeing them from a desk at the head of the room. The film ends as Domenico ponders his fate, from behind his tiny desk at the back of the small windowless room, listening to the sound of the mimeograph machine as it runs off carbon copies next to the manager's desk. Written by Alex M. Dunne <dunne_alex@jpmorgan.com>

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desk | corporation | clerk | job | italian | See All (132) »

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

12 July 1962 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Il Posto See more »

Filming Locations:

Meda, Milan, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,581, 22 December 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,080
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24 Horses, Titanus See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Like Domenico, Ermanno Olmi clerked in a Milanese company for over ten years. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Domenico's Father: Domenico.
Domenico's Mother: Go on, let him sleep.
Domenico's Father: Well, you know...
Domenico's Mother: Oh, Lord.
Domenico's Father: All right, you tell him to do his best.
Domenico's Mother: He's not a child anymore. He knows what to do.
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Alternate Versions

Cinemateca Portuguesa (Lisbon) in two sessions «In Memoriam Ermanno Olmi», September 2018, has shown the film with an extra scene which edited out of the film's "last cut" in 1961. See more »

Connections

Referenced in L'albero delle parole (Ermanno Olmi a Barcelona) (2018) See more »

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An understated neorealist gem
7 September 2003 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Posto, Il (1961)

"Il Posto" (called "The Sound of Trumpets" in the US) is a quiet, sadly humorous movie about the dehumanization of two people who obtain "a job for life" in a major Northern Italian corporation.

Domenico ((Sandro Panseri) and Antonietta (Loredana Detto) are two young adults who meet when both of them apply for a job in Milan. There is definitely a chemistry between the two, and, when both are hired, we expect that their relationship will progress.

The progress of this relationship is confounded when the two are assigned to different buildings, with different shifts and different lunch breaks.

We become aware--before the protagonists do-- that the promise of "a job for life" is a double- edged sword. With the job comes the realization that white collar workers here become cogs in a machine in which boredom and stifling repetition rule.

See this picture because it's a small, quiet, neorealist gem. (Olmi went on to direct "The Tree of Wooden Clogs," one of the finest movies I have ever seen. This early movie shares the quiet, observant quality of Olmi's later masterpiece.)


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