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Berberian Sound Studio

1h 32m Horror 2012

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.

AroView: A masterpiece of implied horror, this is a homage to Italian ‘giallo’ and horror cinema of 1970’s that remarkably measures up to the best films of Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci, without being a gratuitous ‘slasher’ itself.

Fetishizing the analogue studio equipment of a bygone era (magnetic tapes, projectors, oscilloscopes, etc.), not to mention the acoustic qualities of a variety of crisp and juicy garden vegetables, its visual and sonic elegance is matched by a vivid evocation of one man’s entrapment and isolation in a workplace and foreign culture to which he cannot relate. Totally indispensible viewing for fans of cult cinema.


Peter Strickland




United Kingdom

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