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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.

Cast

Marcello Mastroianni
as Professor Sinigaglia
Bernard Blier
as Martinetti
Folco Lulli
as Pautasso
François Périer
as Maestro Di Meo
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 (4) | Top Critics (2)

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

November 24, 2014 | Full Review…

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

January 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.

June 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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