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The Organizer (I compagni)1963

The Organizer (I compagni) (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.


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 (I compagni)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

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

November 24, 2014 | Full Review…

Maybe you wouldn't expect a two hour Italian film about a strike in a Turin textile factory at the end of the 19th century to be especially entertaining. But wait until you see The Organizer.

June 20, 2005 | Full Review…

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

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

That someone should have thought to cast Marcello Mastroianni as a seedy, itinerant, and slightly visionary nineteenth century labor organizer -- in The Organizer -- marks the triumph of a certain misapprehension.

March 16, 2020 | Full Review…

With a great script, imaginative still-photo montage, and a roving camera, director Mario Monticelli creates a very rewarding ninety minutes.

February 4, 2020 | Full Review…

Marcello Mastroianni is superb in still another new kind of role. With delicacy and restraint he fills in the outlines of a rather complex man, who is personally gentle, humane and inept but ruthlessly efficient as a professional troublemaker.

May 7, 2019 | Full Review…

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