Cover image for Ermanno Olmi's Il posto
Ermanno Olmi's Il posto
Olmi, Ermanno, 1931- , director.
Publication Information:
[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection ; [United States] : [Distributed by] Home Vision, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
"When young Domenico ventures from the small village of Meda to Milan in search of employment, he finds himself on the bottom rung of the bureaucratic ladder in a huge, faceless company. The prospects are daunting, but Domenico finds reason for hope in the fetching Antonietta. A tender coming-of-age story and a sharp observation of dehumanizing corporate enterprise, Ermanno Olmi's Il Posto is a touching and hilarious tale of one young man's stumbling entrance into the perils of modern adulthood"--Container.
General Note:
Videodisc release of the 1961 Titanus film.

Special features: new high-definition digital transfer ; rare deleted scene ; Reflecting reality, a new interview with director Ermanno Olmi and film critic/historian (and occasional Olmi collaborator) Tullio Kezich ; La cotta (The crush), Olmi's 1967 short feature about a teenage boy's first love ; restoration demonstration ; original theatrical trailer ; new essay by critic Kent Jones ; new and improved English subtitle translation ; optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition ; presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1.
Reading Level:
Not rated.
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DVD 6330 Adult DVD Media Room-Foreign Language Video

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Better known as The Sound of Trumpets, Il Posto was the first feature-length effort of the highly singular Italian filmmaker Ermanno Olmi. The director has acknowledged that the young protagonist, played by nonprofessional Sandro Panzeri, was based on himself. Bursting with big dreams and plans, Panzeri arrives in Milan, where he goes to work in a big impersonal office. He yearns after a pretty female coworker, but he is most desirous of moving "up" into the desk next to his. By the time he accomplishes this (via the death of another employee), Panzeri is on the verge of being drained of all his individualism -- though Olmi suggests that he still has time to escape his fate. The director attacks the depersonalization of the business world by continuing pointing out how much potential has been sacrified to conformity; for example, the deceased office worker, whom no one noticed in life, is revealed to have been an aspiring writer. Taking a big chance, Olmi allowed his amateur cast to do their own post-dubbing, rather than hiring professionals to dub in their voices. Il Posto is within the realm of neorealism, but with a tad more humor than one finds in other Italian films of that ilk. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi