The Working Class Goes to Heaven
(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
The film shared the Grand Prix with The Mattei Affair at the Cannes Film Festival in 1972. Italian actor legend Gian Maria Volonté was the leading actor in both films.