Shoot Loud, Louder...I Don't Understand

  • 1966
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime, Fantasy

An Italian sculptor and antique dealer, played by Mastroianni, is a dreamer who has a hard time separating his fantasies from fact. Mastroianni lives with De Filippo, his eccentric uncle, and the two share a beat-up little residence. De Filippo, disgusted with the human race, hasn't spoken in 50 years. Instead, he uses firecrackers to communicate. Mastroianni...read more

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An Italian sculptor and antique dealer, played by Mastroianni, is a dreamer who has a hard time separating his fantasies from fact. Mastroianni lives with De Filippo, his eccentric uncle, and the two share a beat-up little residence. De Filippo, disgusted with the human race, hasn't spoken

in 50 years. Instead, he uses firecrackers to communicate. Mastroianni meets the sexy Welch, then imagines that Ricci, his wealthy neighbor, has been murdered by relatives. The antique dealer heads for the police and reports the death, but later confesses that he may have been dreaming. The police

are skeptical because Ricci is a noted gangster. Ricci's family is arrested, which leaves Mastroianni in a daze, unsure if he is awake or dreaming. Ricci confronts Mastroianni and demands that he hand over his passport so he can escape to South America. Mastroianni pretends to fetch his papers but

instead goes back to the police. His efforts to disclose that the gangster is indeed alive are interrupted by an enormous explosion. De Filippo apparently has the last word when he sets off his biggest --and final--fireworks message. In the confusion, Mastroianni, fearing everyone is after him,

takes the opportunity to leave town with Welch. This Fellini-style spoof never really quite makes it. The blurs between fantasy and reality are too jumbled and confusing. However, Mastroianni has some fine moments, and Welch is acceptable. Photography and art direction nicely capture the

dream-like quality intended. (In Italian; English subtitles.)

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  • Review: An Italian sculptor and antique dealer, played by Mastroianni, is a dreamer who has a hard time separating his fantasies from fact. Mastroianni lives with De Filippo, his eccentric uncle, and the two share a beat-up little residence. De Filippo, disgusted… (more)

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