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The Organizer

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2012
UPC: 0715515093613
Original Release: 1963
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Time: 2:10:00
Sales rank: 22,590

Special Features

New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Introduction by director Mario Monicelli from 2006; Trailer; New English subtitle translation; Plus: An essay by film critic J. Hoberman

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marcello Mastroianni Prof. Sinigaglia
Renato Salvatori Raoul
Annie Girardot Niobe
Gabriella Giorgetti Adele
Folco Lulli Pautasso
Bernard Blier Martinetti
Raffaella Carrà Bianca
François Perier Maestro Di Meo
Giampiero Albertini Porro
Giulio Bosetti Actor
Kenneth Kove Luigi
Mario Pisu Manager
Bruno Scipioni Actor
Pippo Starnazza Bergamasco
Edda Ferronao Maria
Vittorio Sanipoli Baudet

Technical Credits
Mario Monicelli Director,Screenwriter
Franco Cristaldi Producer
Mario Garbuglia Art Director
Agenore Incrocci Screenwriter
Ruggero Mastroianni Editor
Giuseppe Rotunno Cinematographer
Carlo Rustichelli Score Composer
Furio Scarpelli Screenwriter
Piero Tosi Costumes/Costume Designer
Pierluigi Urbini Musical Direction/Supervision
Herman Weinberg Editor

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