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The Organizer

Genres: Foreign, Drama, Criterion Collection, Italy

Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Annie Girardot

Director: Mario Monicelli

Synopsis: In turn-of-the-twentieth-century Turin, an accident in a textile factory incites workers to stage a walkout. But it's not until they receive unexpected aid from a traveling professor ('s Marcello Mastroianni) that they find a voice, unite, and stand up for themselves. This historical drama by Mario Monicello (Big Deal on Madonna Street) is a beautiful and moving ode to the power of the people, brimming with humor and honesty. THE ORGANIZER (I compagni) features engaging, naturalistic performances; cinematography by the great Giuseppe Rotunno (Amarcord); and a multi-layered, Oscar-nominated screenplay, by Monicelli, Agenore Incrocci (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly), and Furio Scarpelli (Il postino).

Language: Italian

Country of Origin: Italy

Production Year: 1963


  • "Engrossingly human, compassionate, and humorous.", The New York Times
  • "Excellent. It has a warm epic quality, beautiful black-and-white cinematography and a tremendous cast.", Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune


  • 1964: Nominee, Oscar, Best Screenplay, Academy

 The Organizer
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