The Sweetest Sound (The Ultimate Name Game) [DVD] [2001]

Producer/writer/editor/director Alan Berliner heads on a journey of self-discovery in the documentary The Sweetest Sound. This transfer is presented in 1.33:1 full frame and looks very good for the source materials used. Much of the film is made up of old films, home videos, and news clippings, which means that many imperfections (including dirt, grain, and scratches) show up in the print. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital Stereo and sounds very appropriate for the film. There aren't a lot of instances of directional effects in this film, though the contents of the story don't require them. Overall this is a pleasing soundtrack for the film it supports. No alternate soundtracks or subtitles are available on this disc. The extra features are rather slim pickings here -- the only supplements available on this disc include a short biography on the director, a list of some other docudrama titles with respective trailers, and some credits on the producers of the DVD.
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Special Features

  • Filmmaker biography
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene selections


The Sweetest Sound (The Ultimate Name Game)
Documentary filmmaker Alan Berliner has a name, just like everyone else, but he's not sure just what it's supposed to mean, and in this film he looks at his own moniker and those of a number of other people, as he tries to get to the bottom of the mystery of human names. Berliner humorously explores the heritage of his Christian name (depending on what language source you consult, "Alan" can mean "peace" or "rock"), interviews his short-tempered father about how he was named (he offers little useful insight), documents his own frustration when people confuse him with French filmmaker Alain Berliner, and even organizes a dinner party for 12 different men who share the name "Alan Berliner." Along the way, Alan also visits a society for women named Linda, studies which names were most popular in particular decades, and explores the myths and realities about how some immigrants had their names changed at Ellis Island. The Sweetest Sound was shown in competition at the 2001 Berlin Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Alan Berliner
    Alan Berliner - Himself
  • Alain Berliner
    Alain Berliner - Himself
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