Berberian Sound Studio 2013 NR CC

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A sound engineer's work for a horror movie studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art.

Starring:
Toby Jones, Cosimo Fusco
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Director Peter Strickland
Starring Toby Jones, Cosimo Fusco
Supporting actors Antonio Mancino, Fatma Mohamed, Salvatore LI Causi, Chiara D'Anna, Tonia Sotiropoulou, Eugenia Caruso, Susanna Cappellaro, Guido Adorni, Lara Parmiani, Jozef Cseres, Pal Toth, Katalin Ladik, Jean-Michael van Schouwburg, Justin Turner, Miklos Kemecsi, Elisa Librelotto, Layla Amir, Hilda Péter
Studio IFC Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Violence is the horror film's subject, not its argument.
J. McHenry
Alas, the lack of a plot really ruins this film, and what starts up promisingly ends up being a self-indulgent mess.
Andres C. Salama
It's a visually beautiful flick with great acting, GORGEOUS sound and a bit of an abstract story.
Anna Edwards

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 26, 2013
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Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland, 2012)

I saw Berberian Sound Studio in a 110-seat theatre. It was a Wednesday matinee, so I expected a light crowd, but I was one of four people in the seats. The conclusion I had reached by the end of the film was that there were one hundred six people who had had the chance to catch a Wednesday afternoon matinee of Berberian Sound Studio and didn't, and there are one hundred six people in this world who are worse for the experience. To make it short: if you are at all a fan of movies, even a casual fan, you can simply forget the actual plot of the film: this is a study in fascination, an endlessly-interesting look at film composition during the golden age of giallo.

It's obvious that everyone involved in the making of this movie eats, sleeps, and breathes giallo, which is one of the things that makes it so effective. It also means that people who are already familiar with the genre may find the movie a little more interesting than the general public, but really, rent yourself a handful of mid-seventies Dario Argento pictures and early-seventies Lucio Fulci pictures to get a basic grounding in the field and you're good to go. (Just in case you actually decide to follow this, grab Profondo Rosso--the 126-minute cut released by Anchor Bay, not the horrific 89-minute piece of butchery that landed in American theatres--Four Flies on Grey Velvet, Don't Torture a Duckling, and just for the sake of variety, Antonio Bido's The Bloodstained Shadow and Pupi Avati's The House with the Laughing Windows. The last of those, actually, has more parallels in this movie than I realized whilst watching, now that I think about it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dirk Reed on December 13, 2013
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I began watching this movie last night as innocently as Mr Gilderoy, the film's main character (amazingly portrayed by Toby Jones), entered the sound studio of the title. Being one of the UK's best audio mixers and Foley Artist extraordinaire, he was personally chosen and hired by the legendary Italian director, Signor Santini, as the chief sound engineer for his new film - but it's not a horror film, it's a "Santini film". (Cue Rod Serling's voice.) Mr Gilderoy is unknowingly about to enter a new dimension of sight and sound, of mind and perception, of fear and imagination, a trip into - "The Berberian Sound Studio Zone". (I miss that guy!) Yes, I was also swept away by this 'sonic tsunami' which gradually yet inexorably unfolded and ultimately crescendoed, leaving me on one hell of a frightening ride! When I woke up this morning, my first thought was just how absolutely brilliant this film is - on so many different levels. A thoroughly first-rate job by the entire cast and crew, and a winner of numerous film festival awards. If you like horror, you will LOVE this movie - just make sure to keep your ears (and your mind) wide open!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon Wynne on April 14, 2014
Format: DVD
BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO is a truly unique film. Strange, beautiful, haunting and just plain weird, it will never have mass appeal, but it probably isn’t intended to. Rather it will interest fans of psychological horror, Italian ’70s horror, and techno geeks who will go gaga at the sight of so many obsolete Revox tape recorders and miles and miles of quarter inch tape.

The film also has at its core the wonderful Toby Jones, who is fast becoming a character actor with an awful lot of leading roles under his belt. His star turn as Truman Capote a few years ago in Infamous blew Philip Seymour Hoffman’s performance right out of the water. Jones is wonderful here (as he usually is) and draws the viewer into his increasingly distorted mental state with consummate skill and subtlety. This is no mean feat considering much of his screen time consists of adjusting sound levels, looking perplexed at the odd assortment of people around him and reacting in growing discomfort at the images for which he is recording horrific sound effects. Wisely, we never see the footage for The Equestrian Vortex, the fictional film Jones is sound-scaping. The constant shrieking, screaming, stabbing and bludgeoning sounds are like a cacophonous symphony of horror. Images would diminish their effectiveness. Filmmaker Strickland well recognizes the power of the audience’s imagination.

The film is full of eccentricities, from voice artists who babble incoherently to a near parody of the self-important Italian film director who considers himself an artist (“don’t call my film a Horror Movie!”), to a strange set of letters Gilderoy receives from his mother that seem to portend his fate.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 3, 2013
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This is many ways is paying homage to those seventies horror films that are really in a genre all of their own. The studio of the title is where unassuming sound engineer, Gilderoy (Toby Jones `Harry Potter') arrives. He has only done nature films and children's television before but as this is called `The Equestrian Vortex' he assumes it is a horsey thing. When he questions the enigmatic director Santini (Antonio Mancino) he is told `this is not a horror film, it is a Santini film! So he gets on with the job in hand.

The problem is that the men helping him are at most barely cognisant or one is totally hostile. He decides to plod on and the cast are far from fan boys themselves. We see an array of vegetables getting smashed, dropped, ripped apart or stabbed to the flickering reflection coming from the studio screen. Our senses are heightened still further by the use of the sound board, so we know what is taking place on the unseen screen as say a witch is having her hair pulled out or a multiple stabbing is taking place as an unsuspecting cabbage get the `Psycho' shower scene treatment.

All of this is taking place amidst the seeming constant background noise of screaming. As the film gets more and more to Gilderoy, the more his reality seems to get mixed up in the happenings of the film. I also noticed that there is a tension both actual and sexual that is volatile through out and I think as most of the action takes place in the studio, this gives it a claustrophobic hue which adds to both a feeling of intimacy and immediacy.

This is a film that will stay with you, not only will you never look at a vegetable quite the same way again, but it has a power to come back into your mind for some time afterwards.
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