The Organizer (I compagni)

1963

The Organizer (I compagni)

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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, who rally together into a powerful union. The fact that Marcello Mastrioanni was bearded and bespectacled in the manner of a Bolshevist radical was enough for The Organizer to be condemned by certain extreme anti-Communist elements in Hollywood--to no avail, since the film was nominated for an American Oscar, and even given a commendation by the ultraconservative National Board of Review.

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Critic Reviews for The Organizer (I compagni)

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

    November 24, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Maybe you wouldn't expect a two hour Italian film about a strike in a Turin textile factory at the end of the 19th century to be especially entertaining. But wait until you see The Organizer.

    June 20, 2005 | Full Review…
  • Arguably one of the great Italian films of the 60s, it cries out for rediscovery.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • That someone should have thought to cast Marcello Mastroianni as a seedy, itinerant, and slightly visionary nineteenth century labor organizer -- in The Organizer -- marks the triumph of a certain misapprehension.

    March 16, 2020 | Full Review…
  • With a great script, imaginative still-photo montage, and a roving camera, director Mario Monticelli creates a very rewarding ninety minutes.

    February 4, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Marcello Mastroianni is superb in still another new kind of role. With delicacy and restraint he fills in the outlines of a rather complex man, who is personally gentle, humane and inept but ruthlessly efficient as a professional troublemaker.

    May 7, 2019 | Full Review…

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