Berberian Sound Studio

Berberian Sound Studio Tonia Sotiropoulou, Toby Jones, Susanna Cappellaro, Cosimo Fusco, Suzy Kendall,Berberian Sound Studio: A mild-mannered sound designer / foley artist is hired to work on an Italian Giallo (B-move slasher) film – and goes a bit mad in the process. The director is clearly fixated on the mechanics of period cinema: there’s a lot of shots of spinning reels, needles, gauges, readings, dials, etc. This is interesting for about 2 minutes. Then there’s the foley work where you see how everyday objects make unlikely sounds. This is interesting for about 10 minutes (tops!). If only the director had been so fascinated by things like plot, dialogue, editing, and entertainment – all of which are categorically absent from this. It feels like a 10 minute short stuffed to breaking point with so much pointless filler. It keeps cutting to a ‘Silence!’ sign – for no reason. There are lingering close ups of rotten vegetables – for no reason. There’s a tantalisingly sexy Italian receptionist – for no reason. Finally, for a movie about movie sound, the sound mix is laughable – quiet LOUD quiet LOUD and some generically eerie scratching / screetching for dramatic effect. This 100% feels more like an art/pet project than a legitimate movie. Schmerschmerian Schmoud Schmudio. Bleurgh.

Score: 1/10

  1. I get what you mean but I enjoyed it more than you. Liked the idea that you see the horror onscreen through his eyes and the sound. Not a great film but an interesting one


  2. Reblogged this on Hard Splattercore and commented:
    We talk about foley a reasonable amount on the blog, and this movie (which we loved by the way) is a great window into the world of foley with a horror twist. (and Toby Jones!!!) Great (short) review from Paragraph Film reviews.


  3. Nostra said:

    I know this got quite a few recommendations at the time, but never sounded interesting to me. Reading your review it seems that I made the right choice to not watch it.


    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      It’s definitely an acquired / specific taste. I love Toby, but just can’t forgive him for this!


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