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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.

Director:

Mario Monicelli

Writers:

Agenore Incrocci (story) (as Age), Furio Scarpelli (story) (as Scarpelli) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Professor Sinigaglia
Renato Salvatori ... Raoul
Gabriella Giorgelli ... Adele
Folco Lulli ... Pautasso
Bernard Blier ... Martinetti
Raffaella Carrà ... Bianca
François Périer ... Maestro Di Meo
Vittorio Sanipoli ... Baudet
Mario Pisu Mario Pisu ... Manager
Kenneth Kove ... Luigi
Annie Girardot ... Niobe
Edda Ferronao Edda Ferronao ... Maria
Anna Di Silvio Anna Di Silvio ... Gesummina
Roberto Diamanti Roberto Diamanti
Elvira Tonelli Elvira Tonelli ... Cesarina
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Storyline

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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Drama...Comedy...Power...Wit...Impact...A Remarkable Film!

Genres:

Drama | History

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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #610. See more »

Quotes

Omero: Are you signing?
Raoul: What for?
Omero: Tonight we leave early.
Raoul: Did the manager agree?
Factory Worker: Yeah, and pigs fly too.
Martinetti: No, so we're taking matters into our own hands. We're demonstrating like the British.
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Connections

Referenced in Marcello Mastroianni: I Remember (1997) See more »

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A near masterpiece from Monicelli features Mastroianni at his best in this period labor drama.
26 February 1999 | by MAK-4See all my reviews

Mario Monicelli's wonderfully full portrait of an early workers' strike at a Turino textile factory (circa 1890) is not only a great period drama, but a warm, if ultimately tragic human comedy in the great Italian tradition. Great performances all around (Mastroianni, Giradot, and a young River Phoenix look-a-like named Franco Ciolli, whatever became of him?) help make this labor drama the movie MATEWAN, MOLLY MAGUIRES and GERMINAL all tried to be.


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Country:

Italy | France | Yugoslavia

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1963 (Yugoslavia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Turin, Piedmont, Italy See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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