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The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)

La sindrome di Stendhal (original title)
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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.

Director:

Dario Argento

Writers:

Graziella Magherini (novel), Dario Argento (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Asia Argento ... Det. Anna Manni
Thomas Kretschmann ... Alfredo Grossi
Marco Leonardi ... Marco Longhi
Luigi Diberti ... Insp. Manetti
Paolo Bonacelli ... Dr. Cavanna
Julien Lambroschini Julien Lambroschini ... Marie
John Quentin John Quentin ... Anna's father
Franco Diogene Franco Diogene ... Victim's husband
Lucia Stara Lucia Stara ... Shop assistant
Sonia Topazio Sonia Topazio ... Victim in Florence
Lorenzo Crespi ... Giulio
Vera Gemma ... Policewoman
John Pedeferri John Pedeferri ... Hydraulic engineer
Veronica Lazar ... Marie's mother
Mario Diano Mario Diano ... Coroner
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

Troma

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

26 January 1996 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Stendhal Syndrome See more »

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Budget:

$3,800,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Medusa Film,Cine 2000 See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Pretty solid
7 March 2005 | by dennis70See all my reviews

Regarded as one of Argento's lesser works, I find this one much more plausible than any of his early films. Let's face it, Argento doesn't care much about plot or even acting. His films are probably the frustrating I've ever seen: There are things I love, and things I hate about them. I grew up watching much of his films mutilated by Italian Television. I was a kid back then, and strangely enough his films never scared me when they were supposed to. They were really over the top. But I loved the colours, the pictures and once in a while I found myself humming Claudio Simonetti's electronic scores.

Now with this film Argento has Morricone, who is definitely a master and he does a great job here. Anna's character is really intriguing. Some people dismiss Asia's acting style, but I think it goes very well with her father's aesthetics. You wont find the crazy colours here. Everything is more restrained. The opening for example scene is great. But the film looses interest towards the end. Still I think is one of Argento's most solid pieces. The idea is truly interesting and Anna's relationship with the killer is fascinating. The hallucinations scenes of Anna going into the paintings are masterfully done.

After the huge disappointment of Il Cartaio, I hope he truly returns to form, and start doing what he's good at: Going crazy with film. La Sindrome Di Stendhal is a pretty good step.


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