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
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Go on, let him sleep.
Well, you know...
All right, you tell him to do his best.
He's not a child anymore. He knows what to do.
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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 »
I had never seen or heard of this film until last year. WOW! this is one of the best films of the post war, the cinematography, narrative elements, the easy confident pace. and for the actors to be non professionals - in the neo-realist tradition. It's hard to believe. some of these Hollywoodland hams could learn something here. If you've seen it see it again. If you haven't rent it, buy it, download it from someplace. that is if you like your cinema pure in spirit and free of crap, sadly, most people don't. most go out of their way to tell contrived, complicated plots with no feel for characters. I kind of wish I'd gotten into the film business.
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