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La sindrome di Stendhal (1996)

A young policewoman slowly goes insane while tracking down an elusive serial rapist/killer through Italy when she herself becomes a victim of the brutal man's obsession.

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Marco Longhi
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Insp. Manetti
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Dr. Cavanna
Julien Lambroschini ...
Marie
John Quentin ...
Anna's father
Franco Diogene ...
Victim's husband
Lucia Stara ...
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Sonia Topazio ...
Victim in Florence
Lorenzo Crespi ...
Giulio
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Policewoman
John Pedeferri ...
Hydraulic engineer
Veronica Lazar ...
Marie's mother
Mario Diano ...
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Anna Manni is a policewoman trying to capture a vicious serial rapist and killer. The problem is that she suffers from "Stendhal's syndrome", a psychosomatic disease that gives her dizziness and hallucinations when she is exposed to the sight of paintings and artistic masterpieces. When the maniac lures her into a trap inside Florence's famous Uffizi museum, her troubles are just beginning... Written by Giancarlo Cairella <vertigo@imdb.com>

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$3,800,000 (estimated)
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There was an intended sequel to 'The Stendhal Syndrome' titled 'In The Dark' where the character of Anna Manni returns, but the idea was abandoned and turned into 'The Card Player' later on. See more »

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Though featuring prominently during the film's opening sequence set at the Uffizi in Florecne, Peter Bruegel's 'Landscape with the Fall of Icarus' is actually housed at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels. See more »

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underrated intelligant thriller
18 April 2000 | by (devon england) – See all my reviews

La Syndrome di Stendahl has met cruel critical comments on its initial release but although it is not at all like his earlier work, it is in fact a far more intelligent and mature affair. Anna Manni, the character played by Asia Argento, has more compassion than any other character in an Argento film, quite unlike the carelessly created cartoon-like characters of his other work. It is true, however that the film drags slightly in the middle, although picks up the pace again for a surprising and beautifully directed finale; and although the film is not as bloody as tenebrae, the violence on display is brutal and sexual (leading to it being cut for release in Britain) and genuinely disturbing. Perhaps not as good as Deep Red or Suspiria, but definitely one of this unusual director's better efforts.


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