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In turn-of-the-twentieth-century Turin, an accident in a textile factory incites workers to stage a walkout. But it s not until they receive unexpected aid from a traveling professor (8½'s Marcello Mastroianni) that they find a voice, unite, and stand up for themselves. This historical drama by Mario Monicello (Big Deal on Madonna Street) is a beautiful and moving ode to the power of the people, brimming with humor and honesty. The Organizer (I compagni) features engaging, naturalistic performances; cinematography by the great Giuseppe Rotunno (Amarcord); and a multilayered, Oscar-nominated screenplay, by Monicelli, Agenore Incrocci (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly), and Furio Scarpelli (Il postino).
"The Organizer" is one of those gems you have never heard about, but find because of the Criterion Collection. Read morePublished 4 months ago by B. Adducchio
The people must see this kind
of movies. Comedy italian style:
Real people with real problems
but looking with hope and joy. Read more
Wonderfully organic performances plus the always-wonderful Mastroianni as a traveling professor and all-around agitator. Wonderful picture from the great Mario Monicelli.Published 18 months ago by Shayne Pace
Our daughter is an Italian Film Freak, so this was a welcomed treat to her film collection to date. Chow.Published 18 months ago by A. Bird
If not exactly an undiscovered masterpiece, this is certainly a film that merits my caption. Had it not been for the restoration, excellently done by Criterion, I wouldn't even... Read morePublished 19 months ago by H. L. Mason
I liked this movie a lot, and I had never heard of it; I chanced upon it dialing up TCM. Maybe the title is relatively obscure because the character of the labor organizer is... Read morePublished 20 months ago by A. Towson
Didn't know what to expect from this film, but trusted that Criterion thought it was worth sharing.
It's an interesting story, well told on a number of levels. Read more
I saw this film when it originally opened in the early 60's. It literally changed my life and my identity. Read morePublished on April 22, 2012 by Marv