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The Organizer [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1963]

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    Overview

    Special Features


    • New high-definition digital restoration
    • Introduction by director Mario Monicelli from 2006
    • Trailer
    • New English subtitle translation
    • Plus: An essay by film critic J. Hoberman

    Synopsis


    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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