The Organizer (1963)

The Organizer (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.
Art House & International , Drama
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Marcello Mastroianni
as Professor Sinigaglia
Bernard Blier
as Martinetti
Folco Lulli
as Pautasso
François Périer
as Maestro Di Meo
Giuseppe Cadeo
as Cenerone
Elvira Tonelli
as Cesarina
Pippo Starnazza
as Bergamasco
Pippo Mosca
as Cerioni
Enzo Casini
as Antonio
Mario Pisu
as Manager
Gino Manganello
as Uncle Spartaco
Anna Di Silvio
as Gesummina
Sara Simoni
as Cenerone's Wife
Piero Traiannoni
as Bookkeeper
Anna Glori
as Signora Cravetto
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Critic Reviews for The Organizer

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

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

Full Review… | November 23, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

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Full Review… | June 19, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Worldly wise and etched in hellish, beautiful smoke and soot, this death-punctuated labor comedy of hopeless resistance bellows with populist anger.

Full Review… | May 7, 2012
Slant Magazine

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… | April 30, 2012
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for The Organizer

Set in hard working-class settlement, the workers are forced to work inhuman hours every day, increasing the chance of unexpected injuries. After a man gets his arm crippled, the workers tries to cut the day short by an hour without much luck, only punishment. What they need is a union or even better: a organizer. Arriving like a refugetive Marcelo Mastroianni, somewhat accidentally burst into this as their organizer. The movie itself captures the feeling of poor Italy of the 20th century and gives us insight in the mind of the working man. The voice of the common people. Mastroianni performing with high class as usual.

Anders Ask
Anders Ask

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.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

this movie is all sorts of amazing. not only a dramatic portrait of why unions were needed in turn of the century italy, but also a delightful humanist portrait of italy's working classes. lots of heart, drama, and laughs. watch it (and bring it to DVD!!)

Michael Perry
Michael Perry

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