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    Hands over the City

    Italian poster of the movie Hands over the City
    Hands over the City (1963)
    Le Mani sulla città
    CountriesItaly, France
    Original lang.Italian
    Run time1h45m
    Directed byFrancesco Rosi
    Written byFrancesco 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.


    Rod Steiger
    Salvo Randone
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