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- ★★★½ “In ‘Berberian Sound Studio,’ what you hear isn’t what you get,” by Peter Keough, The Boston Globe
- B+ “‘Berberian Sound Studio’ is a real scream,” by James Verniere, Boston Herald
(2012) dir Peter Strickland w/Toby Jones, Tonia Sotiropoulou, Cosimo Fusco [92 min] Digital Presentation
In this mind-bending psychological thriller, Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) plays Gilderoy, a mild-mannered British sound engineer who is unexpectedly called to Rome to work on an Italian horror film. Between trying to navigate the byzantine payroll process, re-recording scream after bloodcurdling scream, observing the destruction of countless melons by the foleys, and repeatedly viewing the shocking imagery of the film itself, Gilderoy’s mind begins to unravel. As his grip on reality loosens, Gilderoy ceases to be able to distinguish the difference between his life and the life of the film. Set in the 1970s exploitation film production world, BERBERIAN’s intricate attention to detail and laconic cinematography create an unmistakable mood of dread while Gilderoy’s story plays out like a horror movie as written by Samuel Beckett. Official Facebook Page
Winner of four British Independent Film Awards including Best Actor and Best Director.
“It’s a masterpiece of atmosphere, beginning with the dial set to ‘creepy’ and methodically turning it up to ‘excruciating.’ One of the downright scariest films in recent memory.” —Charles Bramesco, DigBoston
“Constructs a perpetually strange, unseemly series of events overshadowed (and sometimes consumed by) the spooky movie-within-a-movie that hangs over every scene.” – Eric Kohn, IndieWIRE
“Utterly distinctive and all but unclassifiable, a musique concrète nightmare, a psycho-metaphysical implosion of anxiety, with strange-tasting traces of black comedy and movie-buff riffs. It is seriously weird and seriously good.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio is one horror film that opts to skip the usual frolic among those metaphorical monsters in favor of a deeply unsettling dive into the subconscious.” – Ian Buckwalter, NPR
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