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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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Lulù Massa
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Lidia
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Sindacalista
Luigi Diberti ...
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 ...
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Antonio Mangano
Lorenzo Magnolia
Federico Scrobogna ...
Arturo
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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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Second part of the "Trilogy of Neurosis" also including Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970) and Property Is No Longer a Theft (1973). See more »

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Lulù Massa: In the factory is annoying, fucking boring, so I work, that's all. This is the idea: life, stripe, goal. All inside the racetrack. Everyone here is running. I'm a little champion. She knows it, right? Then you find the southerns, like him, from east Sicily, they are all outlier, tired since the first morning. So I beat'em on the rate! Once I have earned 25.000 lire of task-work in a month. But running, running... Because I can concentrate myself, I keep my mind busy. I've a method to keep me ...
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Referenced in The Mother and the Whore (1973) See more »

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Fight of Classes and Reactionay Mass
31 August 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The efficient and productive Lulu Massa (Gian Maria Volontè) is an exemplary and beloved worker for his employers and hated by his coworkers. During a period of turbulence in the factory between the union and the radical students against the owners, Lulu accidentally loses one of his fingers. He changes his behavior and joins the movement of the students that wants to stop the factory with a strike as part of the fight of classes while the union wants a partial strike to reclaim benefits to the working class. When Lulu is fired, and gets confused with the new situation. But the union includes his readmission as a subject to be discussed with the owners and Lulu is hired again.

When I saw "La Classe Operaia Va in Paradiso" in the movie theaters many years ago, the fight between capitalism and socialism was in the top in the world and this movie depicted actually the fight between ideology, represented by the movement of radical students, and the reactionary mass without political conscience and formed by explored workers. Lulu represents the servitude of the working class to the monopoly of the capitalist class. Presently this important movie is dated and youngsters may not understand its importance in the 70's. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Classe Operária Vai ao Paraíso" ("The Working Classe Góes to Paradise")


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