(Ermanno Olmi, Italy 1961, 93 min., Italian w/subtitles)
Payne’s Picks. Sacrificing his education, Domenico Cantoni leaves his home and searches for work in the city of Milan. When he finally finds it, he is confronted with the unfortunate realities of the corporate world where his individuality is overlooked and aspects of his personal life, including his attraction to the young Antonietta, are forfeited. Olmi’s groundbreaking look at working-class Italy, known for its sensitivity and charm, finds poetry in the mundane and humanity in the most unlikely of places.