|Directed by||Francesco Rosi|
|Written by||Francesco Rosi|
Hands Over the City opens as a decrepit tenement building in Naples collapses, killing two people and injuring a young boy. An investigation reveals that a city councillor and his associates have been pocketing profits from corrupt deals with a local developer (Rod Steiger). Bitter irony piles on bitter irony as Rosi probes, with stinging insight, the collusion between politicians and godfathers, big business, and the state in a tangle of bribes and blackmail. Gripping, rigorous, and as relevant now as half a century ago, Hands Over the City is "the second great film [after Salvatore Giuliano] in Rosi's political series ... It radiates affection for the streets and alleys of Rosi's hometown, its workingmen and housewives -- even, at times, for its grotesque and funny grafters.