- SKU: 19891011
- Release Date: 04/24/2012
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- New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- Introduction by director Mario Monicelli from 2006
- New English subtitle translation
- Plus: An essay by film critic J. Hoberman
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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Marcello Mastroianni - Prof. Sinigaglia
- Renato Salvatori - Raoul
- Annie Girardot - Niobe
- Gabriella Giorgetti - Adele
- Folco Lulli - Pautasso