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Cinema

Il posto (The Job)

Venice Classics

Director:
Ermanno Olmi
Production:
Titanus
Running Time:
95’
Language:
Italian
Country:
Italy
Year:
1961
Main Cast:
Sandro Panseri, Loredana Detto, Tullio Kezich, Mara Revel, Bice Melegari, Corrado Aprile, Guido Chiti
Screenplay:
Ermanno Olmi
Cinematographer:
Lamberto Caimi
Editor:
Carla Colombo
Production Designer:
Ettore Lombardi
Music:
Pier Emilio Bassi
Sound:
Giuseppe Donato
Restoration:
Cineteca di Bologna, Titanus

Synopsis

Il posto [The Job] tells the story of a young man from a poor Milanese family, shy, unexceptional, resigned to his fate from the outset, who is looking, as the title implies, for a “job”, for an occupation of any kind to dedicate his life to. Over the modesty of this ambition the modern bureaucracy based on “tests” and on human relations, on Taylorism and on company canteens, fits like a glove. It is a more intelligent kind of exploitation than in the past and therefore a more dangerous one.”

Alberto Moravia, L’Espresso, Oct 15, 1961

 

“It is nothing and everything, this ever so light cinematic tale that saddens and enchants; any overarching, generic judgment, demeans it and gets it wrong. [...] We congratulate Olmi. He is an authentic and indeed a wonderful storyteller, able to make thoughts visible and tangible: to such an extent that out of the shadows of very ordinary action he has extracted a blaze of uncommon and noble impressions.”

Giuseppe Marotta, L’Europeo, Oct 1, 1961

Director's Statement

It is an initiation: he comes from the rural world, because he still lives in Meda, in the farmhouse of his father, who despite being a factory worker still has his home in the countryside; in front of his house, where until just a few years earlier there were cowsheds, people are beginning to park their mopeds and Fiat Seicentos. So this young man from Meda, who still carries the smell of the cowsheds with him, goes to Milan to work in an office. He arrives in the big city, the city of the Metro and sees a beautiful Milanese girl... It’s an initiation.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna
Via Riva di Reno 72
40122, Bologna - Italy
Tel. +39 (0)51 2194826
cinetecadirezione@cineteca.bologna.it
http://www.cinetecadibologna.it

PRODUCTION 2: Titanus
Via Sommacampagna 28
00185, Roma - Italy
Tel. +39 (0)6 492391
http://www.titanus.it

PRODUCTION WHEN THE FILM WAS MADE: Titanus

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: Titanus
Via Sommacampagna 28
00185, Roma - Italy
Tel. +39 (0)6 492391
http://www.titanus.it

PRESS OFFICE: Andrea Ravagnan – Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna
Via Riva di Reno 72
40122, Bologna - Italy
Tel. +39 (0)51 2194833
cinetecaufficiostampa@cineteca.bologna.it


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