Mario Monicelli

The Organizer

The Organizer

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 (Marcello Mastroianni) that they find their voice, unite, and stand up for themselves. This historical drama by Mario Monicelli, brimming with humor and honesty, is a beautiful and moving ode to the power of the people, and features engaging, naturalistic performances; cinematography by the great Giuseppe Rotunno; and a multilayered, Oscar-nominated screenplay by Monicelli, Agenore Incrocci, and Furio Scarpelli.

Film Info

  • Mario Monicelli
  • Italy
  • 1963
  • 130 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.85:1
  • Italian
  • Spine #610

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Introduction by director Mario Monicelli from 2006
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic J. Hoberman

New cover by Caitlin Kuhwald

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Introduction by director Mario Monicelli from 2006
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic J. Hoberman

New cover by Caitlin Kuhwald

The Organizer
Cast
Marcello Mastroianni
Professor Sinigaglia
Renato Salvatori
Raoul
Annie Girardot
Niobe
Folco Lulli
Pautasso
Gabriella Giorgelli
Adele
Bernard Blier
Martinetti
Raffaella Carrà
Bianca
François Périer
Maestro Di Meo
Vittorio Sanipoli
Baudet
Franco Ciolli
Omero
Credits
Director
Mario Monicelli
Produced by
Franco Cristaldi
Written by
Mario Monicelli
Written by
Agenore Incrocci
Written by
Furio Scarpelli
in collaboration with
Suso Cecchi D’Amico
Cinematography
Giuseppe Rotunno
Film editing
Ruggero Mastroianni
Production design
Mario Garbuglia
Costume design
Piero Tosi
Original music
Carlo Rustichelli

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