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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
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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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Additional Details

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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Ennio Morricone's eerie music score for the film follows the same tune played either forward or backward!See more »
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) (V)See more »

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Argento breaks formula at last, 11 October 2000
Author: Shinwa

Definitely heady stuff from a filmmaker whose prior experience with psychological subtext has been problematic at best, this film highlights a fearless performance by Asia Argento. The obvious "Argento touches" (i.e., pills rattling down an esophagus, the bullet through a woman's face) stick out like a sore thumb, as they act not in service to the story but rather to reference what is expected from Argento; after the catastrophe of Trauma (Argento imitating a hack filmmaker imitating Argento), this film goes in directions that the director's previous films had only hinted at, and doesn't lead to rely on trademarks for a crutch.

The pace of the film is extremely well-handled in the first half, although it seems to lose track in the second half exactly where the narrative should be tightening up. But given Argento's lack of experience with more plot-driven material, this is in some measure to be expected. Cinematography, sets, art direction are all exemplary.

The acting is always a sore point for Argento movies. Here, only a couple of actors are allowed to give performances, but they make them count. Thomas Kretschmann is only on screen a few times, but gives a strong enough impression in that time (and not simply because of the brutal material contained there) that his role seems much larger. However, the film lives or dies with Asia's performance, and she throws herself into it with abandon. She's ultimately more convincing when she's required to be fierce than when she's required to be vulnerable, but goes through a bewildering range of emotions with scarcely a false note. And it's to her credit that it's so unsettling watching the torments her father subjects her to, so to speak, because she commits herself to their realization so thoroughly.

Comparing this to films from Argento's peak period is not really applicable...it comes from an entirely different vein. Which makes it all the more depressing that his next movie would be Il Fantasma dell'Opera, easily his worst.

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