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The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)

Cast: Thomas Kretschmann, Thomas Kretschmann, Marco Leonardi, more...
Director: Dario Argento, Dario Argento
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Studio: Troma
Genre: Cops, Studios, Troma, Quest, Revenge
Running Time: 116 min.
Languages: English
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The title affliction causes sufferers to react to paintings in extreme and bizarre ways. In the case of police detective Anna Manni, she swoons and feels herself entering hallucinatory versions of the artwork she sees. This Italian psychothriller contains dark elements of horror as Manni tries to capture a murderous serial rapist. The lady detective is first seen walking the art-filled hallways of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The great paintings have a terrible effect upon her and she ends up having one of her surreal visions after fainting in front of Brueghel's "The Flight of Icarus." She sees herself falling through the painting's deep ocean and is only saved by the hands of Alfredo, a stranger who saw her fall. She returns woozily to her hotel. Her memory has temporarily lapsed, and once in her room she finds herself similarly mesmerized by a painting on the wall, but eventually she remembers her assignment. Unfortunately, when she meets up with Alfredo again, he attacks and rapes her. He then forces her to watch while he rapes and murders another. She manages to escape and make it back to Rome where she begins seeing a psychiatrist. Her former lover Marco also makes sure she is guarded 24-hours a day. Unfortunately for Anna it is not enough, and Alfredo strikes again. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

Tromatic Features:

  • Commentary from special effects master Sergio Stivaletti!
  • Ruggero Deodato Remembers Cannibal Holocaust!
  • The all-new Troma Intelligence Test 2!
  • Lloyd Kaufman's interview with Dario Argento!
  • Film bios for Dario and Asia Argento!
  • Footage of Dario Argento at Stockholm!
  • Funky Fresh Rhymes of the Troma Rap from Julie Strain!

GreenCine Member Reviews

Not a strong Argento. by bacchus68 March 18, 2003 - 1:56 AM PST
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I will readily admit I am in the process of watching Argento films and have to say out the ones I've seen so far(inferno,susperia,phenomenon) this is a very poor substitute against those early argento films. Even Asia I didn't like in this like I did in The church. The imagry and the computer animaton used in the film almost looks cartoony and instead of the effects and camera angles adding to the films, This film they take away from it. I am happy to see argento using some computer animation stuff but believe at least in this film he hasn't gotten a handle on the process and it shows. The story does have some interesting camera angles and a few twists and turns but in the end left me unsatisfied.

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(Average 6.14)
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