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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!

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Drama | History

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #610. See more »

Quotes

Raoul: You're not one of us. You'll vanish one day just as suddenly as you appeared.
Professor Sinigaglia: You're right. I'm not one of you. I have no home, no family, no friends. No one 's interested in me, except the police.
Raoul: Then why are you doing this?
Professor Sinigaglia: Why? Because I'm full of foolish ideas.
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Featured in La strana coppia. Incontro con Age e Scarpelli (2001) See more »

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Underrated Italian Masterpiece
3 January 2013 | by KasparMSee 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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Country:

Italy | France | Yugoslavia

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1963 (Yugoslavia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Organizer See more »

Filming Locations:

Turin, Piedmont, Italy See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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