Peter Strickland’s giallo homage (and Essential Viewing-certified!) Berberian Sound Studio was this writer’s second-favorite film released in 2013. Strickland demonstrated a shockingly refined mastery over the fusion of sound and image, conjuring up emotions, paranoia, and terror from the most innocuous of objects. A scream queen’s blood-curdling shriek heralded the arrival of a major new talent.
It looks as if Strickland is poised to gain the recognition that’s been coming to him. His erotic chamber drama The Duke Of Burgundy blew audiences at TIFF away in September; our man Mike D’Angelo wrote in his report that “[he’s] now confident that it’ll appear near the top of [his] best-of-the-decade list in five years’ time.”
Strickland has elevated his style even higher, and now a first trailer gives us a glimpse into an extremely promising film:
The trail of the tape
Title: The Duke of Burgundy
Director: Peter Strickland
Screenwriter: Peter Strickland
Cast: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D’Anna, Monica Swinn, Eugenia Caruso
Release date: January 23, 2015
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “This is all I ever dreamed about: to be used by you.”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
The trailer is a dizzying blur of indelible sights and sounds, but one stuck with me in particular. It happens at :29, a small soap bubble swelling until it pops with a tiny plink. It’s such a tiny, delicate event, but Strickland captures it with a rich, sensuous attention. He sees erotic potential, grace, and death in everything. He can make something as minor as soapy water inspire rapture.