Set in 1976, Toby Jones plays a documentary sound engineer who finds himself employed by a notorious low-budget Italian horror studio.
Uneasy in his new environment and surrounded by a world he finds alien, he throws himself into his work, failing to notice how life is slowly beginning to imitate art. An homage to the classic Italian Giallos of the period, Strickland’s film is another triumph.
… 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 … Click here for the full review
Sound is a sacrament in the Berberian Sound Studio: it enters innocuously through the ears before transubstantiating into something more sinister. That might be the most straightforward way of describing what happens in this thrillingly unstraightforward film from the English director Peter Strickland about the odd goings-on in a fusty Italian post-production suite … Click here for the full review
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After his striking Hungarian-language debut, Katalin Varga, it was anyone’s guess what Brit writer-director Peter Strickland would do next. Few, however, would have bet on a ’70s-set psychological thriller, in which an unassuming Surrey sound engineer named Gilderoy (Jones) is invited to the eponymous Italian studio to work on the latest splatterfest by famous giallo director Santini (Mancino) … Click here for the full review and rating
The sophomore feature of Berkshire- born writer-director Peter Strickland, Berberian Sound Studio, like Katalin Varga before, inhabits a twilight world between horror and art movie. But whereas Varga was a rape-revenge film reimagined via Andrei Tarkovsky, Berberian is love letter to, and deconstruction of, the lurid Italian horrors of the ’60s-’80s … Click here for the full review and rating
But above all, of course, this is a film that revels in sound, its production, its recording and mixing. It fetishises unashamedly the look, feel and sound of vintage analogue recording gear: valves hum, metal reels revolve, spiderwebs of tea-brown tape loop round the room, recalling those lingering shots of what was then cutting-edge tape technology in other films of the 1970s … Click here for the full review