Hands over the City

Hands over the City

Directed by Francesco Rosi • 1963 • Italy

Rod Steiger is ferocious as a scheming land developer in Francesco Rosi's Hands over the City, a blistering work of social realism and the winner of the 1963 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion. This expose of the politically driven real-estate speculation that has devastated Naples's civilian landscape moves breathlessly from a cataclysmic building collapse to the backroom negotiations of civic leaders vying for power in a city council election, laying bare the inner workings of corruption with passion and outrage.

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Hands over the City
  • Hands over the City

    Directed by Francesco Rosi • 1963 • Italy

    Rod Steiger is ferocious as a scheming land developer in Francesco Rosi's Hands over the City, a blistering work of social realism and the winner of the 1963 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion. This expose of the politically driven real-estate speculation ...

Extras

  • Francesco Rosi on HANDS OVER THE CITY

    Director Francesco Rosi talks about his approach to filmmaking and the production of his fourth film, HANDS OVER THE CITY, in this 2006 interview.

  • Tullio Kezich on Francesco Rosi

    In this brief 2006 interview, critic Tullio Kezich discusses Francesco Rosi’s vital work in cinema.

  • Francesco Rosi, Raffaele La Capria, Michel Ciment

    In 2006, film critic Michel Ciment interviewed Francesco Rosi and writer Raffaele La Capria about their collaboration and concerns for their native city of Naples.

  • Jean-Pierre Gorin on HANDS OVER THE CITY

    Filmmaker and educator Jean-Pierre Gorin (TOUT VA BIEN, LETTER TO JANE, POTO AND CABENGO) takes a critical look at Francesco Rosi’s acclaimed film HANDS OVER THE CITY, in this 2006 interview.

  • Neapolitan Diary

    In 1992, thirty years after HANDS OVER THE CITY, Francesco Rosi and his loyal cinematographer Pasqualino De Santis, plus a two-person documentary crew, returned to Naples to explore more deeply its social and economic evolution and the current state of civic affairs. Initially created for Italian...