Original Italian Title: L’Urlo
Written by: Tinto Brass, Franco Longo, Giancarlo Fusco, and Luigi Proietti
Directed by: Tinto Brass
Starring: Tina Aumont, Gigi Proietti, Nino Segurini
- Commentary by director Brass
Released by: Cult Epics
My Advice: Skip It
Anita (Aument) is about to marry her bourgeoisie boyfriend Berto (Segurini) but a the last moment, she runs off with the proletariat jester Coso (Proietti). They go on a journey from the Establishment with its war and religion and rules. They encounter a family of cannibal philosophers, a city at war goaded by a wind-up Napoleon, and an asylum where the inmates and the guards are interchangeable. There is also plenty of nudity, stock newsreel footage, and more symbolism than you can shake a stick at. And that is not an euphemism.
The only major feature on this disc is a commentary by Brass. First off, Brass is not a native English speaker and has a thick Italian accent. This makes it rather hard to understand him at times. Of course, he has nothing but praise for his beautiful star, Tina Aumont. But his commentary does confirm some things about the film. He talks about how his approach to the film was very improvisational. Sometimes he would film a scene in black and white for artistic reasons, other times because he didn’t have the money for color. He would would just add scenes on a fancy or a whim. This didn’t please the backers of the film so he moved the entire film to England to retain control. Frankly, I can’t blame them. This is a psychedelic mess of a film and I wouldn’t bother with it.