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

Shoot Loud, Louder... I Don't Understand (Italian: Spara forte, più forte, non capisco) is a 1966 Italian crime film directed by Eduardo De Filippo, who adapted the script from his play.[2]

Shoot Loud, Louder... I Don't Understand
Film poster
Directed byEduardo De Filippo
Produced byPietro Notarianni
Joseph E. Levine
Written bySuso Cecchi d'Amico
Eduardo De Filippo
StarringMarcello Mastroianni
Raquel Welch
Music byNino Rota
CinematographyDanilo Desideri
Aiace Parolin
Edited byRuggero Mastroianni
Master FIlm
Distributed byEmbassy Pictures
Release date
  • December 1966 (1966-12)
Running time
100 minutes
Budget$2 million[1]


Alberto is a sculptor who sometimes has trouble separating his fantasies from reality. He shares a home in Naples with his Uncle Nicola. One night after meeting the beautiful Tania, he dreams that his neighbour, Amitrano, has been murdered by his family. He reports it to the police. Later he tells the police that he may have just imagined it but the police refuse to believe him, knowing that Amitrano was a gangster, and arrest him. Then Amitrano appears and demands Alberto's passport so he can escape to South America. Eventually Alberto and Tania flee from Naples.



The film was the first in a three-picture deal between Joe E. Levine and Marcello Mastroianni. Levine called the star "the most sought after personality today" and said he would earn "a lot more money than he's ever earned before." Levine said the title of the new movie "was thought up... on the spot... This is an age of titles," said Levine of the film's title.[3]

Levine reportedly provided $1,350,000 of the budget. Welch's fee was $65,000 and Mastroianni got $600,000.[4]

It was shot on location in Naples and at Rome's Cinecitta Studios in September 1966.[5] It was one of the first notable roles for Raquel Welch, who at that stage was best known for her photographs in magazines than her acting. "Raquel has turned out to be very good, especially for comedy," said Mastroianni. "And comedy is much more difficult than drama."[1]


The Los Angeles Times said the film was "as appetizing as a piece of stale pre-fab pizza... lengthy and boring... never were so many fireworks set off in such a dud of a movie.".[6] The Chicago Tribune called it a "tedious and terrible mess... a disastrous dud."[7]


  1. OK, OK, But Can She Act?: Raquel Welch: OK, OK, But Can She Act? By ROBERT NEVILLE. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 11 September 1966: 150.
  2. "NY Times: Shoot Loud, Louder... I Don't Understand". NY Retrieved 22 March 2009.
  3. Italian Star Signs Lucrative New Pact The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973) [Washington, D.C] 18 January 1966: A19.
  4. Raquel Welch: Living Up to Her Legend Weller, George. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 11 September 1966: N10.
  5. JOSEPH E. LEVINE MEETS THE PRESS: Movie Producer Departs From Prepared 'Script' By VINCENT CANBY. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 13 July 1966: 34.
  6. Mastroianni Gift Wasted in 'Louder' Thomas, Kevin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 26 December 1966: D28.
  7. Raquel Welch Displays Talents in Film: "SHOOT LOUD, LOUDER... I DON'T UNDERSTAND" Clifford, Terry. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current file) [Chicago, Ill] 27 December 1966: c9.
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