Berberian Sound Studio

Synopsis: A sound engineer's work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art.
Director(s): Peter Strickland
Production: IFC Films
  16 wins & 15 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

Yes, he's here.

- Let him in.

- All right.

Berberian Post-Production Studio

Studio 4.




Francesco, can I go to lunch now'?

You have to finish the scene.

I scream better on a full stomach.

OK, be quick. You've got 15 minutes.

Giovanni, stop the music.


is it the bedroom scene you wanted'?

Yes, that's the one.


Signora Collatina's sacrificial attack

is thwarted

and the tables are brutally turned.

Massimo and Massimo,

start the demonstration!


All right, boys, look what I've got for you.

Belgian chocolates.

Here, have one.

Boss, these are for you. Your favourites.

You know each other?

Gilderoy is our new mixer.

He supervises all the elements,

voices, dubs, sound effects,

foley, music...


- Thank you.

- You're welcome.

- Good to see your Italian is improving.

- Where did you find him?

In your own good time!

- Such an ass.

- He's a producer, what do you expect'?

Don't get worked up over a film like this.

If you can call such sordid trash a "film".

I've never heard anything so...

Hey, girls.

If you want to discuss film theory

do it after work.

I don't have time for this.

Reel 1, scene 6, take 1.

Teresa and Monica surreptitiously enter

the secret equestrian library

and find a treatise on witchcraft.

Quick, Signora Collatina is coming.

If she sees us here,

we'll be expelled from the Academy.

Wait, look at this.

"Malleus Maleficarum".

This confirms what I suspected.

They are here, they are under us.

"Malleus Maleficarum".

- What's that?

- This confirms what I suspected.

They are here.

They are under us.

If I ever see the money...



- Get out!

- What do you mean?

Come on, get out!


Reel 1, scene 13, take 1.

Teresa and Monica venture

into the poultry tunnel

underneath the Academy,

unaware of the witches' putrid corpses.

Come on, let's turn back.

Wait, Monica, I'm sure this is the place

where they were buried.

There's nothing here, I'm telling you.

- I'm sure of it.

- It smells of chicken...

So, what is the beautiful Elena saying?

The lantern's about to go out.

According to the scripture,

they were all tortured here.

- There must be a clue somewhere.

- Teresa, look at this.

Where did you find her?

She can't even scream in Italian.

- Come on, she does her best.

- In bed, maybe.

I didn't ask you to fake an orgasm.

You can save that

for your next casting director.

Do it again. I want to feel the fear.

This is killing my throat.

I need some water.

And spit in it.

Francesco, you won't believe who's here.

Mrs Ladik.

Shall I wait downstairs?

Lorenzo, get her backing music ready, OK?

Reel 1, scene 18, take 1.

A spell is unwittingly cast

and the first witch rises from the dead

with a thirst for retribution.


Soul of Christ, sanctify me.

Body of Christ, save me.

Blood of Christ, intoxicate me.

Santini's coming.

Giovanni, cut.

Veronica, we'll continue later.

There he is!

This is the man!

How was I?

The less said the better.

You hardly sound like you're seconds away

from being penetrated by a red-hot poker.

I didn't know how intense you want it.

Well, I think the general consensus is

that a red-hot poker in a woman's vagina

is an intense experience.

But an intensity that reaches the other side.

You understand what I'm saying?

Maybe now you will find the inspiration

for your performance.

Let's hope so.

Reel 2, scene 25, take 5.

The witch surprises Monica in her sleep

and throws her out of the dormitory window.

Well, I was hoping for

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