The story of exploited textile factory workers in Turin, Italy at the turn of the century and their beginnings of their fight for better working conditions. Professor Sinigaglia is sent by (presumably) the Socialists to help them organize their strike and give form to their struggle.
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It’s strangely funny at times, though such dark humor is to be expected from one of the masters of the Commedia all’italiana genre… Most importantly, however, is that the film’s straightforward, pro-labor message isn’t hampered by didacticism. It’s as expressive as it is informative, and its reluctant modernity is challenged only by its clever archaism.