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Il Posto (1961)

Il posto (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 12 July 1962 (Portugal)
A very young college graduate attempts to obtain a position with a large corporation.

Director:

Ermanno Olmi
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Loredana Detto Loredana Detto ... Antonietta Masetti
Sandro Panseri Sandro Panseri ... Domenico Cantoni
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Storyline

Domenico and Antonietta are two suburban Italian youths who meet while seeking "a job for life" from a big city corporation. After a bizarre screening process made up of written exams, physical agility exercises, and interview questions such as "Do you drink to forget your troubles?" (Domenico and Antonietta are no older than 17 or 18), they land jobs in the "Technical Division" and "Typing Services" respectively. From there, Domenico works as an underutilized errand boy until a clerk position is vacated by the death of an older employee. Domenico finally takes his place in a room of 12 other clerks with a manager overseeing them from a desk at the head of the room. The film ends as Domenico ponders his fate, from behind his tiny desk at the back of the small windowless room, listening to the sound of the mimeograph machine as it runs off carbon copies next to the manager's desk. Written by Alex M. Dunne <dunne_alex@jpmorgan.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

12 July 1962 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Il Posto See more »

Filming Locations:

Meda, Milan, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,581, 22 December 2002

Gross USA:

$9,080

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,080
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Company Credits

Production Co:

24 Horses, Titanus See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director Ermanno Olmi went on to marry the female lead, Loredana Detto. She never made another film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Domenico's Father: Domenico.
Domenico's Mother: Go on, let him sleep.
Domenico's Father: Well, you know...
Domenico's Mother: Oh, Lord.
Domenico's Father: All right, you tell him to do his best.
Domenico's Mother: He's not a child anymore. He knows what to do.
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Alternate Versions

Cinemateca Portuguesa (Lisbon) in two sessions «In Memoriam Ermanno Olmi», September 2018, has shown the film with an extra scene which edited out of the film's "last cut" in 1961. See more »

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Referenced in L'albero delle parole (Ermanno Olmi a Barcelona) (2018) See more »

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A late Italian Neo-realist masterpiece, of exquisite sensitivity
2 September 2014 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This is a marvel of film-making, Director Ermanno Olmi, following in the Neo-realist mode of his predecessor Roberto Rossellini, made this as only his second feature film (his first, TIME STOOD STILL, of 1959, is little known, though apparently excellent; it appears to be unavailable with English subtitles). This film has no frills. It is a brilliantly evocative 'fly on the wall' observation of what it was like at that time in Milan to try to find and retain employment. The sadness, the disappointments, the heartache, the bullying, the exploitation are all observed without comment. The two central performances are by Sandro Panseri as the boy Domenico and Loredana Detto as the girl Anotnietta, both seeking their first jobs, and both ending up at the same huge company where they work in separate buildings and essentially never see each other again, despite having bonded and formed the beginnings of a romance. Panseri's innocent and naked performance is positively inspired, but after appearing in two further films over the subsequent four years, he retired from acting, and today apparently manages a supermarket in Milan. Loredana Detto never acted again, but she married Olmi in 1963, and they have three children. The script for this film was jointly written by Olmi and someone named Ettore Lombardo, who never wrote anything for the cinema again. (One might make a mystery film about what happened to the people involved with Olmi in this film, and call it THE CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING TALENT.) The delicacy of Olmi's handling of this film is miraculous. He realizes the Neo-realist ideal to its full. He gets as 'close to life' as one can reasonably get without being personally involved, and he observes what is happening as if he were an invisible angel monitoring human activity with a helpless sense of melancholy (remember Wim Wenders's WINGS OF DESIRE, 1987, which may have been partially inspired by this earlier style of film-making by the Italians, as Wenders is such a knowledgeable film historian). This film is infinitely sad, but then so is Life.


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