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The City Stands Trial (1952)
"Processo alla città" (original title)

 |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  1954 (USA)
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Turn-of-the-century Naples. Salvatore Ruotolo and his wife are murdered and their bodies are found in different locations. Since the evidence points to a crime by the Neapolitan crime ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amedeo Nazzari ...
Prosecutor Antonio Spicacci
Silvana Pampanini ...
Liliana Ferrara
Paolo Stoppa ...
Delegato di Polizia Perrone
Dante Maggio ...
Armando Capezzuto
Franco Interlenghi ...
Luigi Esposito
Irene Galter ...
Nunziata
Gualtiero Tumiati ...
The Chief Prosecutor
Tina Pica ...
The Restaurant Owner
Turi Pandolfini ...
Ragionier Filippetti
Franca Tamantini ...
Carmela
Bella Starace Sainati ...
The Porter at Ruotolo's
Agostino Salvietti ...
Brigadiere Mastellone
Mimì Ferrari ...
Don Salvatore
Viviane Vallé ...
Maria
Vittorio André ...
The Optician Amedeo Contursi
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Turn-of-the-century Naples. Salvatore Ruotolo and his wife are murdered and their bodies are found in different locations. Since the evidence points to a crime by the Neapolitan crime organization, the Camorra, fear and corruption cause serious hindrances to the investigation by police authorities. In charge is a young and courageous judge who, using evidence discovered by chance, tries to reconstruct the story of the double murder. The plot that the judge must unravel is very complicated. Many people are questioned, even those apparently above suspicion. Deciding to get to the bottom of the matter, the judge keeps all the suspects under arrest, causing a backlash of public opinion. But in the face of passive resistance which he finds everywhere, even from his own colleagues and family, he begins to feel discouraged and is about to give up the investigation when a new piece of evidence comes to light. The information causes the death of an innocent man, but it revives in the judge the... Written by Jim Marshall

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Zampa anticipates in some way the Italian political film
31 July 2010 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

It is remarkable the dynamic way Zampa works with themes, style and genres completely different. At same time this movie leads with typical characteristics of the investigative kind and appoints for the societal corruption, something very uncommon at that time. In a certain way it anticipates a political filmography of names as Francesco Rosi (and particularly Le Mani sulla Città) and it is no coincidence that Rosi is one of the the authors of the basic plot. The fact that is a historical drama is less important than a description of a corrupted society, almost inducting the spectator to think it lasting until the days of the film production. Its visual style and narrative plot structure its deep influenced for Welles'"Citizen Kane", something that could be particularly noticed in some sequences as the deep focus use of the restaurant that serves as momentary place for the suspects arrested by the police. Amedeo Nazzari, a lead actor that peak his career under fascist years lives a sophisticated judge with irreproachable ethical values and obsessive desire for justice in opposition to the nervous and violent policeman of Paolo Stoppa. Both are very well casted.Its prologue, with two poor kids running on the beach could be read wrongly as another neo-realist movie, although the way that movie approaches politics is more mature than most of the movies labeled as such.


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