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Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

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

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Peter Strickland
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toby Jones ... Gilderoy
Cosimo Fusco ... Francesco Coraggio
Antonio Mancino ... Giancarlo Santini
Fatma Mohamed ... Silvia as Teresa
Salvatore LI Causi Salvatore LI Causi ... Fabio (as Salvatore Li Causi)
Chiara D'Anna ... Elisa as Teresa
Tonia Sotiropoulou ... Elena
Eugenia Caruso ... Claudia as Monica / Screamer
Susanna Cappellaro ... Veronica as Accused Witch
Guido Adorni Guido Adorni ... Lorenzo
Lara Parmiani ... Chiara as Signora Collatina
Jozef Cseres Jozef Cseres ... Massimo
Pal Toth Pal Toth ... Massimo (as Pál Tóth)
Katalin Ladik Katalin Ladik ... Resurrected Witch
Jean-Michael van Schouwburg Jean-Michael van Schouwburg ... The Goblin (as Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg)
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A sound engineer's work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

31 August 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Berberian Sound Studio: La inquisición del sonido See more »

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Production Co:

Warp X,Illuminations Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title of the fictional studio refers to Cathy Berberian, the US soprano who married Luciano Berio, a pioneer of electronic music and a key influence on Strickland's film. See more »

Goofs

At the very beginning of the film, Elena calls Francesco to announce Gilderoy's arrival at the studio. Although the film is set in Italy, when she picks up the phone a continuous dial tone is heard, which is normal for the US or UK; however, the actual dial tone would have sounded very differently in Italy, a country where the phone system has a very distinctive and non-continuous dial tone (consisting of a 425Hz tone with a duration of 0.6sec followed by a 1 second pause, followed by a 0.2 sec tone then a 0.2 sec pause, repeated in a loop until the first digit is dialed). See more »

Quotes

Giancarlo Santini: Gilderoy, this is going to be a fantastic film. Brutal and honest. Nobody has seen this horror before.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are actually put together of those from The Equestrian Vortex, the fictional horror flick that's going to be post-dubbed in the movie, with fast-cut animations, medieval depictions of hell, demons, naves, animal skeletons and tortured female faces, mostly red and black colored. See more »

Connections

References Evil Ed (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lark Ascending
Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
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1970s-perfumed metaphysical sound-editing movie
31 August 2012 | by FramescourerSee all my reviews

Ingmar Bergman once admitted respect for two films of his contemporary, Michelangelo Antonioni, one of which being the metaphysical thriller Blow-Up. It's a film that drifts freely between reality, dram and imaginary states, showing the tenuousness of the concrete and the plausibility of the conceptual. Naturally, such a work would appeal to the creator of Persona where not only the consciousness but also the very identity of the protagonist is challenged - before the existence of the very film reel itself is called into question (there is a remarkable sequence that directly honours the Bergman's reel meltdown).

Peter Strickland's dream-sealed Berberian Sound Studio also twists the idea of consciousness and identity. Toby Jones wanders in - into the studio, although he's actually and more pertinently waling into focus - and is introduced to the film on which he will both engineer and create the sound. During the course of a deliberately shot film in which action and sound are all susceptible to manipulation we learn increasingly less about this character, Gilderoy, and the Latin company with their tripwire tempers with whom he must work and, increasingly emulate.

It's an intense 90 minutes. The narrative tubers are a little stubby to offer a coherent story at its close (like Blow-Up). I think the point is to create an internal resonance with the viewer rather than an object for discussion. Chris Dickens' editing is beautiful. 7/10


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