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Hands Over the City (1963)

Le mani sulla città (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 7 November 1963 (France)
Prior to a city council election, the collapse of a building leaves a land developer and his political backers defending themselves against a scandal.


Francesco Rosi


Francesco Rosi (idea), Raffaele La Capria (idea) | 4 more credits »
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Rod Steiger ... Edoardo Nottola
Salvo Randone ... De Angelis
Guido Alberti Guido Alberti ... Maglione
Marcello Cannavale Marcello Cannavale ... Amico di Nottola
Dante Di Pinto Dante Di Pinto ... Presidente della Commissione
Alberto Conocchia Alberto Conocchia ... Amico di Nottola
Carlo Fermariello Carlo Fermariello ... De Vita
Terenzio Cordova Terenzio Cordova ... Commissario
Gaetano Grimaldi Filioli Gaetano Grimaldi Filioli ... Amico di Nottola
Angelo D'Alessandro Angelo D'Alessandro ... Balsamo
Vincenzo Metafora Vincenzo Metafora ... Sindaco
Dany París Dany París ... Dany - Amante di Maglione (as Dany Paris)


Prior to a city council election, the collapse of a building leaves a land developer and his political backers defending themselves against a scandal.

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Rosi considered realizing a documentary, but fearing the Italian censorship, since many political protagonists he wanted to denounce were still in charge at the time, he chose a fictional story instead. He however added a note by the end of the movie: "The characters and facts narrated here are fictional, but the social and environmental reality that produces them is real". See more »

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Western Electric is misspelled ('Elettric'). See more »


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Anatomy of how a city is run by private interests in corrupting the town council
11 November 2020 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

Rod Steiger as a local city politician in an Italian film by Francesco Rosi makes a virtuoso performance as usual in his younger days and is convincing enough in fluent Italian in one of Francesco Rosi's usual almost documentary panoramic exposures of social life especially in relation with power. Everything appears absolutely natural here, as if you were yourself present at all those turbulernt political meetings with votations and intrigues around the mayor, and the crisis is brought on by a collapsing building of many storeys and flats owned by local leaders of the city government, who choose to fight it out against allegations of corruption, and the council scenes with dramatic quarrels Italian style pounding on in heated passion are the best of the film. It happens in Naples, but the situation could be anywhere in any great city in the world planning to exploit and make money on new suburb constructions of horrible inhuman skyscrapers all looking the same - with new prospects of coming tumbling down.

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Release Date:

7 November 1963 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

As Mãos Sobre a Cidade See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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