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Berberian Sound Studio

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


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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The film is bound to frustrate horror fans and anyone not interested in the painstakingly designed, brilliantly realized recording studio of the film’s title. However, anyone willing to peer beneath Jones’s stunningly internalized performance and brave Strickland’s gleeful defiance of audience expectations will find that BERBERIAN is one of the best films about making films in recent memory.
June 14, 2013
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