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The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)

La sindrome di Stendhal (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 26 January 1996 (Italy)
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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

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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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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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Medusa Film,Cine 2000 See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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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Argento's most personal, disturbing film!
5 November 1999 | by Jeffrey WangSee all my reviews

After watching this film the first time, I was left feeling a bit troubled by something, and because of this I wrote this film off as a failure by Argento. However, about a year later, after watching and actually enjoying Argento's newest film "Phantom of the Opera," I had a strange yearning to watch The Stendhal Syndrome again. This time, I was blown away! Yes, I admit, The Stendhal Syndrome is not exactly what I would call a pleasurable viewing experience. However, it is undeniably unsettling, and at times genuinely frightening. It is also deeply disturbing in its depiction of Argento's daughter, Asia. Obviously, there's some kind of deep-seated Freudian attraction going on between Asia and Dario. Throughout the whole film, Asia is constantly being threatened by hostile external forces, and whenever she attempts to flee the vice-like grip of these forces (as when she falls in love with the French art student), she is inevitably pulled back into the suffocating hold of these higher, darker forces. The serial killer in this film is obviously a stand-in for Dario, i.e. the serial killer is a substitute father figure. Hence, in the Stendhal Syndrome, Asia's father in the film is depicted as a hostile, malicious figure-- but he is a figure which she cannot escape. As Asia's character says at one point, in reference to the serial killer, "I feel like he is a part of me." Ultimately, The Stendhal Syndrome is about the deep, primal bonds which keep us together as humans, and which can be deadly if too harshly enforced. At the end of the film, which I won't reveal, Asia finally escapes from the bond of both her father and the serial killer, but with the menacing music playing over the closing credits, we know that the dark force will always be over Asia, watching over her every move, and protecting her.


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