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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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A few are selected to lead the group and their first attempt is to work one hour less at days end by cutting off the steam to the machinery. Then they think about beginning their day one hour later. When a professor Dr. Sangrillia, comes to town, it is with his expertise that encourages a strike. They plan some benefits to hold themselves during the strike, like stealing coal. Meanwhile, we get the company's reaction to the strike.
This movie, it's Italian name I Campagni, is a grainy black and white filmed in 1963, a docudrama effect with a slight comedic edge. It is a sight to see when a trainload of scabs (unemployed men from another town) engage in physical battle with the strikers. Born in 1915, Mario Monicelli is known as one of Italy's finest directors, King of Italian comedy, directed numerous movies, written screenplay, and is an actor. He is known to have a role in the 2003 Under the Tuscan Sun. Not on DVD yet, the video subtitles are not perfected, and at times difficult to read. 130 minutes. There is a certain look to this film that clearly depicts the era. Try this! ........Rizzo
What was unusual about Italy is who tried to help the workers. The union organizers were not workers but young upper middle class men, most of whom had been educated in France or England. They came back and thought Italy (newly unified) backwards, and in particular, that the peasants and workers were oppressed with no realistic chance of improvement unless they organized.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"The Organizer" is one of those gems you have never heard about, but find because of the Criterion Collection. Read morePublished 17 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 on April 12, 2014 by Shayne Pace
Our daughter is an Italian Film Freak, so this was a welcomed treat to her film collection to date. Chow.Published on March 17, 2014 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 on March 13, 2014 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 on February 5, 2014 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