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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).

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  • Actors: Marcello Mastroianni, Annie Girardot
  • Directors: Mario Monicelli
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006X96P7Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,741 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Our daughter is an Italian Film Freak, so this was a welcomed treat to her film collection to date.
A. Bird
Wonderfully organic performances plus the always-wonderful Mastroianni as a traveling professor and all-around agitator.
Shayne Pace
This make the film all the more authentic, with all the industrial brutality of the time perfectly captured.
H. L. Mason

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When there is discussion of the oeuvre of an Italian filmmaker, it is easy to mention the names of legendary directors Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti and Mario Monicelli.

Mario Monicelli is known in Italy as one of the masters of Commedia all'Italiana (Comedy Italian style) and received Oscar nominations for his screenwriting for "The Organizer" (1963) and "Casanova '70' (1965). As well as a Grand Prize of the Festival nomination at the Cannes Film Festival ("Guardie e ladri", 1951) and Palme d'Or nominations for "For Love and Gold" (1966), "Vogliamo i colonnelli" (1973), "An Average Little Man" (1977) and "Le due vite di Mattia Pascal" (1985).

And while he is known outside of Italy for his comedy films such as "I soliti ignoti" ("Big Deal on Madonna Street") and collaborating with talents such as Toto, Vittorio Gassman and Marcello Mastroianni, Mastroianni also directed films that contained humor, but were tragic or futile. One of the most important films Monicelli is known for is "La grande guerra" ("The Great War", 1959), which he was nominated for an Academy Award and considered as his top masterpiece, and also directing "i compagni" ("The Organizer", 1963) and "The Girl with the Pistol" (1968). Both films, he would also receive Academy Award nominations. Fitting films for a Marxist who accepted reality and its failures.

In his lifetime, he won 27 awards worldwide and won an Honorable Mention at the 44th Berlin International Film Festival and a Golden Lion for Career at the 1991 Venice Film Festival. His final film was in 2006 in which the filmmaker directed "The Roses of the Desert" at the age of 91.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Prudori on May 14, 2012
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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. A good story about labour-management conflict (almost good enough to use as a training film for unions, with pauses every so often to ask, "Would this be a useful tactic now? Why? Why Not? What other options are available?").

How people learned about folks from other parts of Italy (the Sicilians & Piedmontese blaming each other for each other's woes in their home areas, the Abruzzese soldier saying farmers from home envied factory workers in the north, etc.) was also a good way to remind viewers that Italy is FAR from homogenous.

LOVED the northern Italian accent/cadence/dialect from the actors!
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By H. L. Mason on March 13, 2014
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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 have come across this film.
Dating from 1963 it is something of a timepiece, more particularly since it depicts industrial life in Turin around the turn of the 19th/20th century. I'm afraid that my knowledge of Italian cinema is rather scant, and had never heard of the director, Mario Monicelli. More's the pity, since he managed to eschew the typically stylized approach that so many famous Italian directors seem to love. This make the film all the more authentic, with all the industrial brutality of the time perfectly captured.
Mastroianni excels in his role as the "sophisticated" union organizer from outside, who tries his best to instill a sense of solidarity and social justice in the workplace, with all the inevitable consequences that such efforts inevitably entailed.
Although I saw it many months ago, it still remains very fresh in my memory. It's one of those films that acquire a sort of patina with age, and don't really date. Particularly impressive are the factory scenes where one feels transposed to a bygone era, which one hopes, even in the third world, has gone forever.
Overall, an excellent film on human endeavor, beautifully directed and highly atmospheric.
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Wonderfully organic performances plus the always-wonderful Mastroianni as a traveling professor and all-around agitator. Wonderful picture from the great Mario Monicelli.
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