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Lulu the Tool (1971)

La classe operaia va in paradiso (original title)
A conscientious factory worker gets his finger cut off by a machine. Although the physical handicap is not serious, the accident causes him to become more involved in political and revolutionary groups.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lulù Massa
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Lidia
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Sindacalista
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Bassi
Donato Castellaneta ...
Marx
Giuseppe Fortis ...
Valli
Corrado Solari ...
Mena
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Factory Worker
Luigi Uzzo
Giovanni Bignamini
Ezio Marano ...
Timekeeper
Adriano Amidei Migliano ...
Technician
Antonio Mangano
Lorenzo Magnolia
Federico Scrobogna ...
Arturo
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Storyline

Lulù is a real hard worker. For this reason he is loved by the masters and hated by his own colleagues. The unions decide agitations against the masters. Lulù doesn't agree till he cuts, by accident, one of his own fingers. Now, after he understood the worker's conditions, he agrees the unions and participates to the strike. He immediately is fired and, not only is abandoned by his lover, but also by the other workers. But the fights of the unions allow him under a new legislation to be hired again. At this point his mind starts giving collapse signs... Written by 1felco

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17 September 1971 (Italy)  »

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Trivia

Second part of the "Trilogy of Neurosis" also including Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto (1970) and La proprietà non è più un furto (1973). See more »

Quotes

Lulù Massa: I'm gonna speak now. I don't know how to call you: gentlemen, workers, friends, comrades... I'm gonna speak on the mic. The students out there, say that when we enter is dark and when we exit is dark another time. What kind of life is it? This is routing, but since we are here, why don't we do twice task-work, working in Sundays too, we can enter in the night, with our children and our women. The children works there. And our women put the food in our mouth, so we can work twice, keep running ...
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Referenced in The Mother and the Whore (1973) See more »

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man, life and factory as a one absurd condition
18 March 1999 | by (firenze,italy) – See all my reviews

The movie has a great power, first of all he gives to Lulu a mechanical soul, the camera follows his unhuman movements caused by too much work and let us understand something strange like madness. Then we have the political part: outside the factory people are pemanently screaming verses against owners like another machine that creates words, but the real impressing moment is inside the factory where man and machine became the same things so that the camera let us see the hidden mechanical part and the human movements togheter; the music too (by Ennio Morricone) adds a sense of robotic condition.


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