The Organizer (I compagni)

1963

The Organizer (I compagni) (1963)

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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)

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

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

Nov 24, 2014 | Full Review…

Arguably one of the great Italian films of the 60s, it cries out for rediscovery.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 1, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

May 1, 2012 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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