Review: Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

There has been to little focus on the dubbing-studios in Italy in the 70’s. This delve into the subject in a refreshing, yet scary manner.

dvd“BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO”
2012
Horror/Thriller
England

Director: Peter Strickland
Stars: Toby Jones, Cosimo Fusco, Antonio Mancino
Distributor: IFC Midnight
Runtime: 92 mins
DVD REGION 1

“Aren’t you curious why they hired you?”

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An English sound engineer travels to Italy to help a studio with their sound FX. This is the 70’s male dominated Italian exploitation industry, and the mild-mannered Gilderoy goes from doing sound in nature- and children’s TV to do a dark horror film. He finds himself alienated and scared. Slowly the lines between reality and fantasy begins to blur.

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This was something nice and original from a creative new director. It’s masterfully crafted on all levels, especially the brilliant use of sound. It’s surreal, satirical and playful. The setting in an Italy sound-studio in the 70’s is perfect for this euro-thrash lover.

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