Who says leftist politics, ideas and musings can't make for absolutely poignant comedy and balls to the wall farce. This film had me in tears laughing while also showing the dynamics of true leftist conviction versus toxic individualist focus. Its a hilarious tragicomedy that proves Wertmuller is a genius. Best Giannini performance and Melato is as incredible as ever.
Lesser Wertmuller to be sure, but even lesser is better than most. Mariangela Melato is stunning as always while Giancarlo Giannini comes off as some sort of bizarre spastic Sicilian/Buster Keaton hybrid - not complaining just saying. The Italian title is "Mimi, Metal-worker, Wounded in Honor" which seems a far better fit.
The account of a buffoonish scoundrel and how he loses what little 'idealism' he contains. Visually rich and humorous. An interesting, pleasurable, somewhat unwieldy (but this is not a criticism!) film with a lot to offer. Please note, there are instances of violence against women that one might rightly find disturbing.
An intricate look at what it is to be a human being in our modern, industrialized economy where workers have little if any rights. This amazing film takes us along the entire range of human emotion via amazing acting and impeccable direction as we follow a man's ascension through a treacherous, mob-controlled workplace and the inevitable feeling of impending financial doom which parenting multiple children brings.