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Berberian Sound Studio

Released: 31/08/2012 Released in key cities
If you know your Mario Bava from your Dario Argento, Peter Strickland's second feature will be right up your street. A deconstruction of lurid Italian ‘giallo' horrors, the film centres on prim sound engineer Gilderoy (Toby Jones) starting work in a foreign studio. His vegetable-based sound tools, irate producer and personal demons fast become too much for him. For more information visit: http://warp.net/films/berberian-sound-studio Watch:
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Radio Times“A dazzling curio...” Some knowledge of the genre would be useful for deciphering some of the film's more esoteric pointers, but even without that familiarity this is a dazzling curio in which every sound effect reverberates with multiple meanings...
 
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Little White Lies“Crafty, sensual and psychedelic...” An inevitably murderous narrative trajectory, but as its sensory overload never quite gives way to the expected sensationalism, Strickland disorients viewers with a sly meta-horror that reflects upon both the artifice that goes into genre films...
 
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80 %
Empire“Unusual terrain with pleasing results...” Anchored by a typically flawless performance by Jones, Strickland’s second film begins as an audio geek’s dream, before spiralling inexorably into the stuff of David Lynch’s nightmares...
 
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80 %
The Observer“ne of the most remarkable British movies of the past couple of years...” Strickland is clearly making a moral judgment on film-making and popular culture, but it's more than a little ambivalent, and he's also fascinated by the process of creation...
 
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The Telegraph“Lip-smacking cinema, gamy and complex...” Immersed in all this it isn't long before Gilderoy starts to lose his mind, although exactly how this manifests itself on screen is simply too brain-sizzlingly inspired to give away here...
 
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Total Film “Inhabits a twilight world between horror and art movie...” Painstakingly recreating an era of full-blooded Italian horror, this niche-sounding yet accessible thriller confirms Strickland as a major talent...
 
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Guardian“Confidently sinister...” The final reel turns the knobs up on the paranoia, the claustrophobia and the narrative ambition. And for me, it unspools too far: a Lynchian tribute that's over-oblique and cranks up a record whose tempo you were already sufficiently tickled by...
 
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