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Berberian Sound Studio started doing the festival rounds last year, but IFC is going to release it in the US this summer. Toby Jones plays a movie sound designer working on an Italian horror film, and the film follows his increasingly problematic mental state. Comparisons have been made to Roman Polanski’s work, and it’s easy to see some Coppola (The Conversation) and De Palma (Blow-Out) in there, too, along with the spirit of precisely the sort of films that Jones’ character is working on.

IFC has just released a US trailer, and it’s quite a nice piece of work. It does a good job getting across the idea that the film is rather quiet and a little bit strange, but it also stands as a great assembly of footage in its own right. Take a look below. Read More »

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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