Detroit Film Theatre


DFT 101: THE ORGANIZER

Saturday, October 20, 2012

 Detroit Film Theatre

(Italy/1963—directed by Mario Monicelli)

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 of La Dolce Vita) that they find their voice, unite, and stand up to achieve better working conditions. This gripping historical drama by director Mario Monicelli (Big Deal on Madonna Street) brims with humor and honesty; it’s a beautiful and moving ode to the power of the people, and features engaging performances, cinematography by the great Giuseppe Rotunno (Amarcord, Carnal Knowledge), and a multilayered, Oscar®-nominated screenplay by Monicelli, Agenore Incrocci, and Furio Scarpelli (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly). This presentation of The Organizer coincides with the 34th annual North American Labor History Conference taking place at Wayne State University from October 18-20. In Italian with English subtitles. (130 min.)

"A historical monument and a taboo-breaking depiction of a specific moment, which unfolds some years before the growth of the industry that made Turin Italy's Detroit." J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
 
Special funding provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
 
Saturday, October 20 at 4:00 PM 
 
Admission to all showings in the DFT 101 series is free to DIA members. Please show your membership card to the ticket taker to gain admittance.