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Adriano Olivetti
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Many of us have used or heard of Olivetti typewriters, calculators, and other office machines. This fictionalized biopic, produced by RAI television, tells the story of the man behind the brand. Adriano Olivetti's innovative ideas regarding manufacturing, politics, and society were also very controversial, so much so that the Americans sent a spy to report on what he was up to.

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Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

The story of Adriano Olivetti and his development of the family business, which expanded from typewriters to computers. This first segment shows CIA officers who consider Olivetti's electronic brain a great threat to American business. The segment also features a flashback to Adriano's childhood in Ivrea, when he was not too eager to learn the ropes.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

We start discovering what kind of person Adriano Olivetti is.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano has some unwelcome news from Paola, his wife. On a nighttime walk above Ivrea, Adriano is threatened by a woman brandishing a gun.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

There is an injured person in the woods in need of aid and Adriano doesn't hesitate. A birthday party is going on in the villa.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 5

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano is doing the right thing. But the Germans come looking for an American pilot and search the whole house.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 6

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

The family has realized that staying is not a wise choice, so, reluctantly, everyone starts getting ready to leave their beautiful home.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 7

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano's father has decided to leave him the factory, but Adriano is not so sure about that. Adriano is still very much in love with Paola after two years apart.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 8

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

The war is over, and Adriano goes back to Ivrea. The company is barely surviving, and Adriano's siblings look to him for solutions.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 9

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

The Olivetti siblings have to decide whether to sell a stake in the factory or not. During the discussion, Paola arrives with the children.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 10

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano decides to run the factory his father left him. He imagines a factory that supports culture and beauty, respects women, and is a life model. Mauro has a hard time agreeing with him, given the financial problems they face.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 11

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano tries to talk with the girl who stole a wallet, but she's too frightened. Not everyone in the family agrees with how Adriano has been running the factory.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 12

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano knows what kind of portable typewriter he wants to build and he knows who can build it. He thinks he knows what people want, even better than the people themselves.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 13

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Everyone is talking about Adriano Olivetti, both on Italian soil and abroad. His innovative ideas are creating quite a stir and people worry that he might be a communist.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 14

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Paola is having trouble with Carlo and shows up at Adriano's in search of consolation.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 15

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Paola is more clearheaded after a night's sleep. Adriano isn't happy, but he has other things to think about such as the new plans for the compact typewriter. He and Libero get a visit from the girl-thief again.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 16

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Teresa goes back to the factory, and finds out she has talent. Karen Bates, the American photographer, comes to visit Adriano, and he sees right away how he can involve her in one of his projects.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 17

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano shows Karen Bates around the new building and she writes her report. The new portable typewriter designed by Libero is finally ready.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 18

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

The "Lettera 22"portable typewriter is selling well, although Mauro isn't in complete agreement about the price. Libero and Teresa make some plans, and Mister Dalmasso comes around again.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 19

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Teresa and Libero go to the movies together, and things seem great. But Libero has something important to tell her, something she had no idea about.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 20

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano is very happy with how things have been going for the new Olivetti portable typewriter, but his siblings and partners in the business are not so happy. For one thing, they don't like not seeing any of the profits.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 21

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano decides to leave running the factory to Marcello and goes off on his own to work on his other projects. But country roads are dangerous in the pouring rain...

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 22

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Even though he is no longer leading the company, Adriano is as active as ever. Events come together that motivate him to put his theories into practice.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 23

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

As luck would have it, Adriano has a chance encounter with a young woman who has a problem he is uniquely capable of solving. Teresa and her daughter Maria have an unexpected caller.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 24

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano tells Grazia his ideas for a new kind of city. Back at the factory, cuts are being made, and there is talk of layoffs. We also discover an ironic fact about Adriano.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 25

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano and Grazia start seeing each other romantically, but her parents do not approve because of the age difference and because Adriano is still a married man.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep. 1 - Part 26

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano has to go back to Ivrea because of a death in the family, and that's where this first episode leaves us. It is interesting to note all the kinds of professionals who contributed to producing this biopic.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano realizes that the only thing to do is to go and talk to Grazia's father, hoping to persuade him of his serious intentions.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano goes back to the factory and is welcomed by the workers. Teresa and Libero get an unexpected and unpleasant visit.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano writes a letter to Grazia. Agent Bates gets an unexpected gift from Adriano and she puts it to good use immediately.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Agent Bates reports on Olivetti's communities, Mauro tries to talk to Adriano about his position, and Adriano's son comes back from Harvard. Libero and Teresa meet by chance in the factory and have a tense conversation.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 5

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano and Paola talk about relationships, and Adriano broaches the subject of annulling their marriage. Libero brings Adriano an invitation to his wedding in Novara. Adriano gets a letter he has been waiting for.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 6

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano and Grazia meet happily, but only for a few minutes. At the factory, Adriano introduces the new general director to Mauro and Alessio. This is unexpected, disconcerting news for Mauro.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 7

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Teresa is distraught over Libero's marriage and is having a hard time working. Adriano tries to console her and shares his problems with her. Later on she gets a shock.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 8

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano asks Karen Bates to travel to Italy's southern regions to scout out a location for an Olivetti factory. Mauro, after being passed over for a job, decides to go and work for Dalmasso.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 9

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

We learn why Dalmasso asked Mauro to stay on at the Olivetti firm. Adriano pays a visit to Mauro's house to find out if his suspicions are correct.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 10

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

After his encounter with Mauro, Adriano faints on the sidewalk. Grazia reads about his fainting in the newspaper and visits Adriano in the hospital.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 11

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano's illness and hospital stay bring about a pivotal moment for relations between Grazia and her father, and not only them.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 12

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Paola makes a quick decision upon meeting Grazia. Karen Bates comes back with some footage for Adriano to look at.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 13

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano's new idea is to open a factory in the south of Italy, a very poor part of Italy. Convincing his board is a huge challenge. He takes Karen and her camera around the southern part of the country to scout for locations.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 14

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano imagines his new factory and describes the layout to Karen. The workers in Dalmasso's factory are not happy about their working conditions and Mauro manages to placate them. Dalmasso notices his skill in dealing with people and has a new idea of a job for him.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 15

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano's son Roberto has an idea he wants to develop, but Adriano is skeptical, at least at first. But Roberto knows how to tempt his father with good cocoa and this leads to an important meeting. While they are out, they discover that Mauro Barale is running for office.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 16

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Karen's report to her superiors about Olivetti's plans prompts some serious spying on his operation by the U.S. Mario Tchou explains his ideas to the new team of young engineers.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 17

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano goes to Rome to try and get financing for his project. He is unpleasantly surprised to have to deal with someone he knows very well and with whom he had had a falling out.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 18

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

The factory in Pozzuoli is a success, but the company has taken financial risks, which may be why Adriano is having nightmares. Dalmasso is closely following Adriano's movements.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 19

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

The laboratory team is all excited as they come up with some great new innovations. They need more funding, however, and decide to demonstrate the results directly to the board.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 20

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Karen continues to do her work for the Americans, spying on Olivetti and the Community Movement. Dalmasso and Mauro are seriously trying to undermine Olivetti's efforts to get elected and to bring him to his knees financially.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 21

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

The election results have come out, and they're disappointing. Grazia gives Adriano all her support, and this gives him the hope he needs to push ahead with his dream.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 22

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

At the Olivetti home, it's Christmastime, and there's an air of celebration among the members of the extended family. Karen, who is listening in, is engulfed by feelings of nostalgia for her mother.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 23

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Christmas dinner is interrupted by a phone call from the plant, where engineers are working. Karen listens in. She then has an ominous meeting with the Americans.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 24

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Karen sends a clear message to Adriano and they meet. She has something important to tell him.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 25

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Mauro gets a political slap in the face. Olivetti is undergoing huge financial challenges and risks going under but Adriano doesn't lose hope.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 26

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Adriano is on his way to Switzerland. Before he gets on the train, he exchanges a solemn few words with someone who used to be a friend.

Adriano Olivetti - La forza di un sogno Ep.2 - Part 27

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

If the name Olivetti is still known today, it's because Adriano Olivetti made an important contribution to the industry of electronics, but also to the ethics of industry in general.

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