Berberian Sound Studio (2013)
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In the 1970s, a British sound technician is brought to Italy to work on the sound effects for a gruesome horror film. His nightmarish task slowly takes over his psyche, driving him to confront his own past. Berberian Sound Studio is many things: an anti-horror film, a stylistic tour de force, and a dream of cinema. As such, it offers a kind of pleasure that is rare in films, while recreating in a highly original way the pleasures of Italian horror cinema.
Jun 14, 2013 Limited
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The first two acts are funny and fun in their moody evocation of both the period and the genre, but right around when Gilderoy starts to lose his mind, Berberian begins to lose its way.
A treat for fans of vintage horror cinema (in particular, the experimental giallo genre) and vintage sound gear, this stylish, darkly humorous thriller locks us in a claustrophobic studio in 1970s Italy for a paranoia ride.
In this era of cookie-cutter cinema, Strickland's deeply personal moral and stylistic vision deserves the highest praise.
A delicately detailed immersion into the world of Z-grade Italian horror cinema that ultimately may or may not be a horror film itself ... a tense, teasing triumph.
Fantastic in the technical aspects of cinematography and especially sound-mixing. Toby Jones is as reliable as he always is and the movie never really bores you.
Watching Gilderoy behind the soundboard is like watching a maestro with his baton.
Low-key and suggestive, Berberian probably isn't for gorehounds, but it's a persuasive study of breakdown.
That keen awareness of aural matters also allows director Peter Strickland to convey the engineer's deteriorating hold on reality with genuine subtlety.
The narrative rule of thumb is show, don't tell, but this film does the opposite, to sinister effect.
Berberian Sound Studio is a masterfully made film that will please audio experts, cinephiles and horror fans.
I appreciated the caressing style of the cinematography, fetishizing and sexualizing even the most inanimate and mundane recording equipment and sound-related props, but it's overall hollow and unsatisfying.
By the last half hour the film has descended into a procession of totally un-scary and mostly boring random images.
Unfortunately, this film enters Lynchian territory (read: it makes zero sense) in the last act and in an act of cinematic proctology, it disappears up its own arse.
...almost seems like the result of a perverse Lars von Trier exercise: make a movie that's a tribute to a particular genre without showing any elements that are the actual hallmarks of it.
The movie Gilderoy's editing begins to feel more real than the one we're actually watching.
...even the most astute viewer will be hard pressed to explain what the heck is going on here...
While beautifully crafted, it's impossible to recommend this to anyone who hopes to have an entertaining movie-going experience.
A dazzling curio in which every sound effect reverberates with multiple meanings.
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