Hands Over the City (1963) Criterion Collection
A tenement building collapses in Naples, sparking an investigation that exposes a dense tangle of real estate speculation, political power struggles, and criminal organizations smothering the citizens of the city. The film is centered around the struggle between Edoardo Nottola (Rod Steiger, Lucky Luciano), councilman and main figurehead behind the forceful reorganization of Naples' urban housing, and De Vita (Carlo Fermariello), leader of the leftist party and a loquacious advocate for civil rights and the purging of corruption.

Also included in this DVD set is Neapolitan Diary, Rosi's feature-length sequel that revisits Naples thirty years later. Part docu-drama, part collage of his previous works, this film is an incredibly rich and nuanced portrait of a city where ancient legacies clash and combine with modernity.

2 x DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:40:55 + 01:29:02 | 6.34 Gb + 7.48 Gb
Language: Italiano
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama | Documentary, Crime, History

Director: Francesco Rosi
Cast: Rod Steiger, Salvo Randone, Guido Alberti
Country: Italy, France

• Neapolitan Diary, sequel to Hands Over the City
• Video Interview with Director Francesco Rosi
• Video Interview with Film Critic Tullio Kezich
• Video Interview with Filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin
• Video Discussion with Rosi, Co-writer Raffaele La Capria, and Film Critic Michel Ciment

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