the working class goes to heaven:
Subject: Lulu Massa is a pieceworker. He is devoid of political awareness and leads a banal life, being indifferent to the fate of other workers, especially exploited Southerners.
He has an accident at work, and discovers, to his surprise, the solidarity oh his mates in the course of a strike organised to protest against the inadequate security measures.Henceforth, he is a man in revolt.
He is so close the left-wing students that he is threatened with dismissal. He takes on a second strike and obtains renewed victory after emerging from a temporary depression.The workers’ paradise has neverthless still to be won.
la classe operaia va in paradiso
international titles: lulu the tool (1971)
other titles: the working class goes to heaven (1971)
director: elio petri
story and screenplay by: elio petri, ugo pirro
conseiller syndical: mario bartolini
assistant directors: antonio gabrielli, franco longo
director of photography: luigi kuiveiller (eastmancolor)
cameraman: ubaldo terzano
art director: dante ferretti
architect: armenia balducci
decorator: carlo gervasi
costume designer: franco carretti
sound: mario bramonti
editing: ruggero mastroianni
music by: ennio morricone
music conducted by: bruno nicolai with the “cantori moderni” of alessandro alessandroni
production: ugo tucci for euro international films
production managers: mario cotone, stefano pegoraro
cast: gian maria volonte’(ludovico massa, “lulu’),
mariangela melato(lidia), salvo randone(militina), gino pernice (the union politician), mietta albertini(adalgisa), luigi diberti(bassi), renata zamengo(maria), donato castellaneta(“marx”), federico scrobogna (pinuccio), giuseppe fortis (valli), adriano amidei migliano(the technician), ezio marano(the chronometer technician), luigi uzzo, corrado solari, carla mancini, guerrino crivello, antonio mangano, lorenzo magnolia, giovanni bignamini, eugenio fatti, flavio bucci, renzo varallo, marina rossi, orazio stracuzzi, alberto fogliani
length: 111 minutes.
golden palm at the 1972 cannes festival.