The Organizer (1963)

The Organizer


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The Organizer (I Compagni) takes a gritty, near-documentary approach to its subject matter: the exploitation of Italian laborers in the 19th century. Shorn of all his studio-imposed glamour, Marcello Mastrioanni plays a Genoan political refugee visiting a friend in Turin. Appalled by the horrible working conditions in the town's textile mill, Mastrioanni stays on to organize the workers in a strike. Though he is nearly killed several times, Mastrioanni survives to set an example for the workers, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Age Scarpelli, Furio Scarpelli, Mario Monicelli, Agenore Incrocci
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On DVD: Nov 25, 1997
Criterion Collection



as Professor Sinigaglia

as Martinetti

as Pautasso

as Maestro Di Meo

as Bergamasco

as Cerioni

as Antonio

as Manager

as Uncle Spartaco

as Gesummina

as Cenerone's Wife

as Bookkeeper

as Signora Cravetto
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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

A nearly forgotten near-great movie, with one of Marcello Mastroianni's classic tragicomic performances.

Full Review… | November 24, 2014
New Yorker
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Full Review… | June 20, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Shot on location, the movie has a neo-realistic feel, but sometimes the framing of the shots gives it a beautiful cinematic vibe that is far from gritty, despite its subject matter.

Full Review… | June 1, 2012

The style often features broad comic performances against a background of despair and defeatism; these were not comedies with happy endings which seems to be a contradiction.

Full Review… | May 1, 2012
Movie Metropolis

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