|Title:||Berberian Sound Studio|
|Genre:||Movie About Movies|
Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- The Duke of Burgundy
|09.22.12||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2012|
I had really high hopes for this one. Toby Jones plays a british sound engineer called into an Italian post-production studio to work on a Giallo. I really loved the first half of this movie. It's filled with eccentric Italian film industry characters, dark humor involving foley recording and screaming ADR, and a metric ton of procedural goodies involved with working on a soundtrack for an Italian horror movie. They even do a thing where you never see the projectionist except for his black leather-clad gloved hands.
So at first I thought they'd do that thing where the movie about a Giallo becomes a Giallo as the projectionist starts killing off the crew and eventually it'll be up to diminutive quiet Toby Jones to save the day. Well, the movie doesn't go in that direction at all. At first I was glad because it seemed so expected, but as the final act grinded on and on I found myself wishing for a convenient little narrative. Instead, it gave me an unravelling sequence where reality distorted and Toby Jones found himself in weirder and weirder situations culminating in the movie sort of starting over with Jones as a native Italian watching himself on-screen, except then it kept going and getting slower and more inpenetrably obtuse to the point where I have no idea what the fuck I was watching.
I think this is my biggest disappointment of the fest because i was SO in love with the first half and they just ruined everything to the point where I walked out at the end thinking it really really sucked. It's a huge shame.