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Le mani sulla città (VOSTF)
Main screening room
June 2nd, 2022
109 min
Centennial anniversary of Francesco Rosi

Although his name is less famous than those of some of his contemporaries such as Fellini or Pasolini, the Neapolitan Francesco Rosi is nonetheless a major figure of Italian cinema of the second half of the 20th century. A figurehead of a rigorous political cinema, he has made power an essential theme of his work, recurrently addressing the weight of the mafia in Italian society. But far from shining only in their analysis, Rosi's films are expressions of his remarkable talent as a director and storyteller, to which his taste for literary adaptations also responds. Celebrating the centenary of his birth offers us a wonderful opportunity to revisit many of the milestones of a filmography that spans more than forty years.

Main basse sur la ville
Directed by
Francesco Rosi
Rod Steiger, Salvo Randone, Guido Alberti
Italy, France
109 min

In Naples, an unscrupulous land developer, with the help of a politician, manages to launch a botched real estate project on agricultural land. The collapse of a building on the eve of the municipal elections triggers a scandal and the setting up of a commission of inquiry.

Main basse sur la ville

Francesco Rosi

After attending law school during the Second World War, the Neapolitan Francesco Rosi carried out various activities in the 1940s: illustration of children's books, radio serials, plays with Ettore Giannini... He began his film career as an assistant director to Luchino Visconti for La terre tremble (1948). After several contributions as a screenwriter, he made his first films at the end of the 1950s. But it was with Salvatore Giuliano (1961) that the filmmaker refined his style and made himself known beyond borders. He adopts a method close to the investigation, starting from historical figures and extensive research to deliver his political analysis. Rosi has often worked with writers, in particular Tonino Guerra (Uomini contro, Il caso Mattei, Lucky Luciano, Cadaveri eccelenti). In addition to his native Mezzogiorno, he made Spain (which occupied Naples for centuries) a source of inspiration: Il momento della verità, Carmen or Cronaca di una morte annunciata.


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