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3.3
1,188 Ratings

Berberian Sound Studio

Directed by Peter Strickland
United Kingdom, 2012
Horror, Drama, Thriller

Synopsis

1976. A mild-mannered British sound engineer named Gilderoy arrives in Rome to work on the post-synchronized soundtrack to The Equestrian Vortex, a tale of witchcraft and murder. As the line between film and reality blurs, is Gilderoy working on a film – or in one?

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Berberian Sound Studio Directed by Peter Strickland
Like Tscherkassky, Strickland creates sequences in a similar manner that recalls a film reel unspooling and then burning from the nitrate, even implicating the same reflexive idea that abounds throughout Outer Space… Strickland manages to appropriate Berberian Sound Studio as both a deeply unsettling character study that attacks our perception of the “hero” while still maintaining the illusion that everything is just a movie.
December 19, 2013
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Berberian Sound Studio is a display of dazzling technique attached to a mysterious-feeling, ultimately interior tale of a solitary man’s mental disintegration, or possible transcendence, conveyed through the methods of his own craft.
June 29, 2013
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…Peter Strickland’s peculiar and powerful movie-geek head trip “Berberian Sound Studio” is a tribute to the gothic and grotesque Italian horror-thriller genre of the ‘70s and ‘80s often called “giallo…” But anybody hoping to watch such a film will be disappointed by “Berberian Sound Studio,” which has no actual violence or sex and is better described as a half-experimental mixture of dark movie-movie comedy, disorienting soundscape and inquiry into the boundaries of identity.
June 17, 2013
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