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Anchored by a ferocious lead performance from Rod Steiger as a scheming land developer, Francesco Rosis Hands Over the City moves breathlessly from a cataclysmic building collapse to the backroom negotiations of civic leaders vying for power in the City Council election. Plunging headfirst into the politically driven real-estate speculation that has devastated Naples civilian landscape, Hands Over the City, which was awarded the Golden Lion at the 1963 Venice Film Festival, remains a blistering work of social realism.
The blu-ray, both technical quality of the disc and package, doesn't disappoint the expectations. + + + + + +Published on February 27, 2013 by Andrea Baleani
This is a bare-knuckled movie about politics and development. It takes place in Naples in the 1950s but it could be anywhere and anytime where existing institutions are changing... Read morePublished on April 2, 2008 by Noirist