Today sees the VOD and limited theatrical release of the abstract British thriller Berberian Sound Studio, starring Toby Jones as a sound designer who comes to Italy in the early 1970s to work on a movie and is quickly reduced to a paranoid shell of a man. We’ll have a review of the film up on The Dissolve when we launch later this summer, but re-watching Berberian recently got me thinking about the Italian suspense genre known as “giallo,” and how I wish the name itself were used the way that “noir” is, as a more broadly descriptive term.
Now that you’ve seen his Vine debut, here’s another David Lynch short, this one from the 1995 omnibus film Lumière And Company and drawing on the other end of filmmaking technology. The film compiles 41 shorts from renowned directors using the motion picture camera invented by the Lumière brothers and staying within the same limitations of their first films: Each had to be under 52 seconds, feature no synchronized sound, edited in-camera, and accomplished in no more than three takes. Lynch’s film is one of the most striking in the collection, though it’s well worth seeking out the entire film (which has unfortunately fallen out of print).