The Working Class Goes to Heaven
|The Working Class Goes to Heaven (La classe operaia va in paradiso|
original movie poster
|Directed by||Elio Petri|
|Produced by||Ugo Tucci|
Gian Maria Volontè|
|Music by||Ennio Morricone|
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
17 September 1971 (Italy)|
11 May 1975 (New York City only)
The Working Class Goes to Heaven (Italian: La classe operaia va in paradiso) is a 1971 film directed by Elio Petri. It depicts a factory worker's realisation of his own condition as a simple "tool" in the process of production and, implicitly, his struggle with the trade unions. The worker in question, Lulu, is described in the first part of the film as a Stakhanovite.
Lulu Massa is a reliable and dedicated factory worker but then he loses a finger due to a work accident. He lets himself get agitated by communistic students and becomes an agitator himself. His employer fires him for supporting those students but they refuse to acknowledge responsibility. The trade union, although having resented his previous aggressivity, achieves to get him back into his old job. At night Lulu has a dream where he breaks through a wall and there's nothing behind it.
- Gian Maria Volontè - Lulù Massa
- Mariangela Melato - Lidia
- Gino Pernice - the syndicalist
- Luigi Diberti - Bassi
- Donato Castellaneta - Marx
- Giuseppe Fortis - Valli
- Corrado Solari
- Flavio Bucci - Operaio
- Luigi Uzzo
- Giovanni Bignamini
- Ezio Marano - the timekeeper
- Adriano Amidei Migliano - The technician
- Antonio Mangano
- Lorenzo Magnolia
- Federico Scrobogna - Pinuccio
The film shared the Grand Prix with The Mattei Affair (with also Gian Maria Volontè as leading actor) at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival.
- ↑ "Festival de Cannes: The Working Class Goes to Heaven". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-04-13.