This film is incredible. Of course many who don't know the italian scene after the war will not entirely understand all the historical aspects of what the story is about. Yet you'll be surprised by its phenomenal directing style. Francesco Rosi is one of the greatest italian directors, too often shadowed by other popular names. Rosi, especially in film like this (and in Salvatore Giuliano) adopts a unique style that mixes noerealism to cinema verite, nouvelle vague, expressionism and american cinema. Some scenes seem to be shot during real events and facts. All the faces and actions and expressions (street scenes, political debates, crowd scenes), are so rich and full of reality that, combined with the film amazing black and white, gives you an undefined sense of documentary mixed with political pamphlet. Blu ray quality is almost perfect. Fantastic transfer of a remarkable restoration
I had never heard of this film until I saw Eureka had released it, so immediately put it on my rental list. I was not disappointed - although I sometimes lost track of the political twists and turns (there actually aren't that many, but I've never been good at remembering which suited Italian guy is presently with/against which other Italian suited guy!), the acting, directing and cinematography are wonderful. The council chamber (town hall?) scenes are incredibly natural and tense, the city scenes seem like documentaries, and the aerial footage of Naples is awe inspiring. The image quality is perfect and the sound (whilst limited to Italian Mono 1.0) is very clear and detailed. The sound seemed a bit strange in the first scene (filmed outdoors, but the sound seemed to be recorded in a broom cupboard) but that was the only example I noticed. Highly recommended.
History never dies, it just repeats itself. A story of corruption and money before morals. A fascinating Italian film about how local politicians cover up dubious planning decisions and the death of 2 innocents with back room deals and incompetence. Although set in the 60s many of the morals of the story can be applied today. Money and power is what matters and be damned if people, no matter how innocent, get in the way.