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The Stendhal Syndrome -- 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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26 January 1996 (Italy) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Asia Argento ... Det. Anna Manni

Thomas Kretschmann ... Alfredo Grossi

Marco Leonardi ... Marco Longhi
Luigi Diberti ... Insp. Manetti
Paolo Bonacelli ... Dr. Cavanna
Julien Lambroschini ... Marie
John Quentin ... Anna's father
Franco Diogene ... Victim's husband
Lucia Stara ... Shop assistant
Sonia Topazio ... Victim in Florence
Lorenzo Crespi ... Giulio
Vera Gemma ... Policewoman
John Pedeferri ... Hydraulic engineer
Veronica Lazar ... Marie's mother
Mario Diano ... Coroner
Eleonora Vizzini ... Anna, as a child
Maximilian Nisi ... Luigi
Leonardo Ferrantini ... Alessandro
Sandro Giordano ... Fausto
Cinzia Monreale ... Alfredo's Grossi's wife
Michele Kaplan ... Alfredo Grossi's son
Laura Piattella ... 40-year-old woman
Vincenzo Uccellini ... 40-year-old woman's son
Elena Bermani ... 30-year-old woman
Antonio Marziantonio ... Museum watchman
Luca Camilletti ... Hotel porter
Graziano Giusti ... Coroner #2
Monica Fiorentini ... Female doctor in Florence
Giancarlo Teodori ... Male doctor in Florence
Antonello Murru ... Police officer #1
Marna Del Monaco ... Dining car stewardess
Maria Grazia Nazzari ... Night watch victim

Directed by
Dario Argento 
 
Writing credits
Graziella Magherini (novel)

Dario Argento (story) &
Franco Ferrini (story)

Dario Argento (screenplay)

Produced by
Dario Argento .... producer
Giuseppe Colombo .... producer
Walter Massi .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Rotunno 
 
Film Editing by
Angelo Nicolini 
 
Production Design by
Massimo Antonello Geleng 
 
Costume Design by
Lia Francesca Morandini 
 
Makeup Department
Franco Casagni .... special makeup effects
Ferdinando Merolla .... hair stylist
Gloria Pescatore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Fiore Argento .... unit manager
Riccardo Folgore .... assistant unit manager
Renata Paccariè .... unit manager
Maurizio Pigna .... unit manager
Ruggero Salvadori .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicolò Bongiorno .... assistant director
Fabrizio Campanella .... assistant director
Luigi Cozzi .... second unit director
Simone Di Carlo .... third assistant director
Filipo Macelloni .... assistant director
Daniele Persica .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Milo Geleng .... assistant art director
Michaela Gisotti .... assistant set dresser
Giovanni Natalucci .... set dresser
Danilo Pagnotta .... props
Giuseppe Pagnotta .... props
Dante Precetti .... carpenter
Claudio Quaglietti .... carpenter
Claudio Tedesco .... painter
 
Sound Department
Nick Alexander .... adr editor
Luca Anzellotti .... sound effects editor
Massimo Anzellotti .... foley artist
Piero Fondi .... boom operator
Carlo Palmieri .... production sound mixer
Riccardo Palmieri .... production sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects
Claudio Quaglietti .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Sergio Stivaletti .... special visual effects
 
Stunts
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dario Badia .... grip
Giuseppe Bertucci .... electrician
Alfredo Bramucci .... electrician
Rodolfo Bramucci .... gaffer
Fabio Carussi .... grip: second unit
Stefano D'Offizi .... electrician
Roberto De Angelis .... focus puller
Claudio Del Gobbo .... grip
Vincenzo Di Gioia .... electrician
Mauro Diamanti .... grip
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci .... camera operator
Roberto Girometti .... director of photography: second unit
Lucio Granelli .... assistant camera: second unit
Roberto Pecci .... grip
Massimiliano Sardini .... electrician
Renato Sardini .... gaffer
Massimo Sergianni .... grip
Lorenzo Tovoli .... first assistant camera
Franco Vitale .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bertilla Silvestrin .... seamstress
Stefania Svizzeretto .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Carla Funari .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Angelo Giovagnoli .... orchestra coordinator
Claudio Messina .... music coordinator
Claudio Messina .... music producer
Andrea Morricone .... music assistant
Franco Patrignani .... music mixer
 
Other crew
Daniel Auber .... assistant: Sergio Stivaletti (as Daniele Auber)
Anita Borgiotti .... script supervisor (as Maria Anita Borgiotti)
Laura Campanelli .... production secretary
Renzo Cantini .... crowd marshall: Florence
Riccardo Carinci .... production assistant
Francesca R. Di Nunzio .... assistant: Sergio Stivaletti
Riccardo Folgore .... assistant production secretary
Mischa Koopman .... assistant: Sergio Stivaletti
Sabine Lucarelli .... crowd marshall: Viterbo
Mario Maldesi .... dubbing director
Benito Mancini .... production accountant
Vincenzo Mosca .... executive in charge of sales
Paolo Paggetta .... unit publicist: Italy
Tommaso Pantano .... assistant production secretary
Dario Rega .... assistant: Sergio Stivaletti
Alfredo Ruffini .... crowd marshall: Rome
Alexys Schwartz .... child's voice
Barbara Spoletini .... production secretary
Melissa Strizzi .... assistant script supervisor
Andrea Tinnirello .... consulting accountant
 

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Also Known As:
"La sindrome di Stendhal" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
120 min | Argentina:114 min | USA:113 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Stendhal Syndrome is a real syndrome, first diagnosed in Florence, Italy in 1982. Named after the French writer Stendhal AKA Marie-Henri Beyle who reportedly experienced like symptoms in 1817.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) (V)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Psychological 90s Argento, 24 April 2008
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

Dario Argento is one of my all-time favorite directors, and probably THE living director I admire the most. The 1990s were a weak decade for Horror in general, and also Argento's weakest. Argento is a cinematic genius, however, and while 90s achievements get nowhere near the brilliance of his masterpieces from the 70s and 80s, films like "Trauma" (1993) or this "Stendhal Syndrome" are nonetheless more than decent Thrillers that outshine the majority of 90s Horror outings.

"La Sindrome Di Stendhal" aka "The Stendhal Syndrome", which was made in-between "Trauma" and the disappointing "Il Fantasma Dell'Opera" (1998), is certainly one of his lesser films, but definitely a more than decent, very suspenseful, atmospheric and often quite weird psychological Horror effort that his fans cannot afford to miss. I like it about equally as I do "Trauma", with a slight preference for "The Stendhal Syndrome" due to the brilliant score by Ennio Morricone. What I found a bit strange is that the film is often labeled as a Giallo, when it is not really. There are no stylishly bloody murders from the killer's perspective, and really what makes the term "Giallo" quite out of place is the fact that the killer's identity is not really a mystery. The suspense is there, however, and most true Horror fans will agree that Argento is the absolute master of suspense. While the film is not quite as exceptionally gory as many other Argento flicks, it is definitely violent, especially the several rape-scenes (one of them taking place quite in the beginning) are more than a bit brutal.

Argento reportedly first wanted to get Bridget Fonda and Jenifer Jason Leigh for the leading role in the film, but his beautiful daughter Asia Argento is, as far as I am considered, the perfect cast for the role. She may look a little too young for an experienced female homicide detective, but she fits the character of her role perfectly, and, as far as I am considered, that is most important. Asia plays detective Anna Manni, a Rome investigator specialized on sex crimes, who is trying to track down a serial rapist and murderer... I do not want to give any more of the plot away. The rest of the performances are also quite good, especially the German actor Thomas Kretschmann delivers a good performance, but Asia Argento sure is the highlight. The film is quite different to Argento's other films, but certainly not bad. None other than the great Ennio Morricone delivers a brilliant and immensely eerie score that intensifies the creepy atmosphere, and, as it is always the case with Argento's films, the film is visually stunning and highly suspenseful.

Dario Argento's masterpieces are his films from the 70s and 80s, and he returned to old greatness in 2001, with the ultra-violent and greatly old-fashioned Neo-Giallo "Non Ho Sonno" (aka. "Sleepless"), which was made in brilliant Argento-tradition. His 90s outings are certainly a bit inferior to the rest of his brilliant repertoire, but they are nonetheless way above average. While it is one of lesser films, "The Stendhal Sydrome" is nevertheless a suspenseful, atmospheric and highly recommendable film with some downright ingenious elements that Horror lovers should definitely not miss. Highly recommended!

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