Cinema: Industrial State

LULU THE TOOL

Directed by ELIO PETRI Screenplay by UGO PIRRO and ELIO PETRI

This is a sharp, jangled, slightly bemused assault on the indignities that capitalism inflicts on the worker, as well as a few other indignities that the worker turns against the bosses. The movie is angry but wry about it, indignant without being incendiary. It is less like a Molotov cocktail, say, than a water balloon.

The original title of Lulu the Tool was The Working Class Goes to Paradise, a grand-prizewinner at Cannes in 1972. There is no good reason...

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