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Hands over the City

Francesco Rosi

 
Hands over the City (Criterion DVD)

DVD

2 Discs

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  • Italy
  • 1963
  • 100 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.85:1
  • Italian
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  • Spine #355

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.

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Neapolitan Diary (1992), Francesco Rosi’s feature-length sequel to Hands over the City
  • New video interviews with Rosi, film critic Tullio Kezich, and filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin
  • Video discussion with Rosi, co-writer Raffaele La Capria, and film critic Michel Ciment
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Stuart Klawans and a 2003 interview with Rosi

    New cover by Danijel Zezelj

Film Essays

Hands over the City: Confidential Reports—The Investigative Thrillers of Francesco Rosi

By Stuart Klawans October 23, 2006

Twenty-one years after Orson Welles sprang on the world a current-events picture called Citizen Kane—original title, American—a worthy successor burst forth in Francesco Rosi's Salvatore . . . Read more »

News

Rosi Gets His Due

August 03, 2010

Director Francesco Rosi, whose intense, ripped-from-the-headlines films like Salvatore Giuliano and Hands over the City are benchmarks of Italian political cinema, will receive a lifetime . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Hands over the City: Confidential Reports—The Investigative Thrillers of Francesco Rosi

By Stuart Klawans October 23, 2006

Twenty-one years after Orson Welles sprang on the world a current-events picture called Citizen Kane—original title, American—a worthy successor burst forth in Francesco Rosi's Salvatore . . . Read more »