Sep/12
Urban Films: Hands Over the City (1963)

Rod Steiger stars as a scheming land developer in this blistering work of social realism from 1963. An exposé of the politically driven real-estate speculation that devastated Naples's civilian landscape, the film 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.  Directed by Francesco Rosi. Winner of the Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival. 105 minutes; Italian with English subtitles.

Part of the MIT Urban Planning Film Series, a mostly-weekly series showing documentary and feature films on topics related to cities, urbanism, design, community development, ecology, and other planning issues. Free.  Open to: the general public.