The Organizer [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1963]

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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


I Compagni
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
    Marcello Mastroianni - Prof. Sinigaglia
  • Renato Salvatori
    Renato Salvatori - Raoul
  • Annie Girardot
    Annie Girardot - Niobe
  • Image coming soon
    Gabriella Giorgetti - Adele
  • Folco Lulli
    Folco Lulli - Pautasso

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