Monday, April 25, 2016

The Working Class Goes to Heaven (1971)

Cannes Film Festival 1972

Palme d'Or
Elio Petri
Tied with The Mattei Affair (1972).
Special Mention
Gian Maria Volontè
For Il caso Mattei
For his performance.

New Line Cinema
Directed by Elio Petri
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

Assembly line worker "Lulu", the fastest and most liked-worker in an Italian factory, loses his finger one day in an accident. Student activists and the unions try to come to his aid but they cost him his job instead. He joins their cause but without a job or money his home life falls apart. Mariangela Melato has great role as Lulu's neglected wife. The numbing effects of factory work are convincingly and imaginatively portrayed, but the politics are dated and weigh the film down.

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