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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 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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

British actor Kenneth Kove was dubbed in his role as Luigi See more »

Quotes

Pautasso: Swear you won't work if we don't authorize it.
Arro: Are you going to authorize it?
Pautasso: Swear first!
Arro: I swear, Mr. Pautasso.
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Featured in La strana coppia. Incontro con Age e Scarpelli (2001) See more »

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A wonderful film--and Marcello as you've never seen him!
29 March 2005 | by john_timoSee all my reviews

This is one of those great foreign films from the 60's. The plot synopsis may make it sound dismal, but on the contrary it is full of heart and humor. These are real people, with all their quirks and stupidities and rich relationships with one another. There is an accurate, full portrayal of the human condition, and an acceptance of what that means, that is rare to non-existent in movies today.

If you like films that put you into another world for a couple of hours, you've got to see this. The late 19th century Northern Italy textile factory is amazingly realized. The black & white cinematography is gorgeous, and the acting is convincing all around.

Mastroianni is a personal favorite, and this is a terrific role for him: very unlike his usual suave, modern, urban characters.

This film is a masterpiece. It's a shame it is not out on DVD.


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