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June 27th, 2013
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Berberian Sound Studio
Tonight's film: Berberian Sound Studio, a horror movie starring Toby Jones as a foley artist/sound engineer working on an Italian giallo horror film. You never see the horror movie they're making, just the projector light while people chop lettuce and sizzle water in pans and all the other things foley people do to make noises for movies. Because of this, seriously creepy. Noticed the closing credits cited two tracks by Nurse With Wound on the soundtrack.

To get all the way into a film about sound engineering, I watched the entire film on headphones. It felt proper.

There's tons of movies where writers are main characters, but almost none where sound professionals are the main characters: there's this, the brilliant Gene Hackman The Conversation, and an obscure English horror movie The Shout, and almost nothing else. I'll even count Jodie Foster's character in The Brave One being a field recording artist with a radio show, although her character's profession is irrelevant to the events of the movie and don't appear more than the first five minutes.

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From:foodforthemoon
Date:June 27th, 2013 04:07 pm (UTC)
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Blowout with John Travolta involved a sound guy IIRC...
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From:badger
Date:June 27th, 2013 04:32 pm (UTC)
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I have that on the shelf and should rewatch it - I remember the photography aspect of the film but not the sound. I probably should have mentioned the excellent movie The Lives of Others, although that's more surveillance with comparatively little focus on the technical or sound design aspect in the way The Shout and Berberian Sound Studio focus on IMO.
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