The Stendhal Syndrome [Blu-ray]
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When beautiful police detective Anna Manni follows the bloody trail of a sophisticated serial murderer/rapist through the streets of Italy, the young woman falls victim to the bizarre "Stendhal Syndrome" - a hallucinatory phenomenon which causes her to lose her mind and memory in the presence of powerful works of art. Trapped in this twilight realm, Anna plunges deeper and deeper into sexual psychosis, until she comes to know the killer's madness more intimately than she ever imagined.
Horror maestro Dario Argento (SUSPIRIA, OPERA) reaches new heights of florid fantasy and Grand Guignol with this warped work of art starring Maxim Magazine's "Sexiest Woman in the World" Asia Argento (LAND OF THE DEAD, XXX), Thomas Kretschmann (KING KONG, BLADE II) and Marco Leonardi (FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 3). Previously edited outside of Italy, THE STENDHAL SYNDROME is now presented here in stunning High Definition, transferred under the supervision of cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno (ALL THAT JAZZ, AMARCORD) from the original Italian 35mm interpositive, and loaded with exclusive Extras.
"Director: Dario Argento"
"Inspiration: Psychological Consultant Graziella Magherini"
"Special Effects: Sergio Stivaletti"
"Assistant Director: Luigi Cozzi"
"Production Designer: Massimo Antonello Geleng"
"A Somber, Brutal, And Nightmarish Film That Begs To Be Considered As A Serious Work Of Art!" -- Mondo Digital
"Argento's Most Disturbing Work To Date!" -- Eccentric Cinema
"Nasty, Brutal Stuff... Unlike Anything Else Out There!" -- The Austin Chronicle
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The film stars Asia Argento as a detective on the track of a serial rapist/murderer, who becomes the victim said criminal shortly after she is succumbs to the Stendhal Syndrome.(i.e. a strong physical reaction to a piece of art. Fainting is the symptom in her case) There's not much of a plot-arc here, as after the setup it is just sort of a portrait of her life, as she takes a turn for the nutty after her experience, and is again victimized by the still at-large killer. Much of the early film is quite compelling, as Asia lives in a world somewhere between reality in fantasy, where she walks in and out of paintings, accompanied by Ennio Morricone's repetitive and haunting score. However, the more surreal aspects of the film are de-emphasized in the latter portions, and are, sadly, not replaced by increased plot development or action. And, even the effective earlier portions tends to be less effective than his Dario's best work. My problem with the second half is probably heightened by the fact that I stumbled across what happens at the end of the film before actually viewing it. However, this is true of most of the Argento films I've seen, and none of the others have faultered in the latter portions to nearly the same extent.Read more ›
[La Sindrome di Stendhal]
(Italy - 1995)
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Theatrical soundtrack: Dolby Digital
Quite unlike anything Dario Argento has directed before, THE STENDHAL SYNDROME is a grimly realistic portrait of a female police officer (Asia Argento, essentially miscast) whose encounters with a sadistic rapist/serial killer (Thomas Kretschmann) have devastating consequences. Though distinguished by some truly horrific violence, played straight by Argento with few of his trademark stylistic flourishes, the film is much too languid for its own good, wasting a lot of valuable time on an otherwise laudable attempt to depict the long-term consequences of a vicious sexual assault on the central character. Furthermore, the harsh subject matter allows no room for levity, and the austere scenario is at odds with the sumptuous artwork that acts as a catalyst for the murderous proceedings. Asia's convulsive reactions to works of art (hence the ornate title) makes her a target for Kretschmann's psychopathic killer, allowing Argento to fill the screen with paintings, sculptures and beautiful objet d'art, which offsets the film's own lack of visual flair.
But there's a fierce intelligence underpinning the somewhat predictable scenario: When Asia de-emphasizes her femininity in response to the initial attack, only to re-establish her womanhood after a second assault in which she emerges the victor (or does she?), it becomes easier to forgive the painfully obvious surprises which clog up the final quarter. Only one scene recalls the best of Argento's work: A potential victim being stalked through a dimly lit room full of oversized marble statues, a brilliantly edited sequence which suggests everything and reveals nothing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didn't care for this movie at all. Lots of sexuality and boring plot. Never got scary.Published 5 months ago by Mister E
Not one of Argento's best, but it's a movie with a solid plot, interesting ideas and some great visuals. Also has a fantastic Morricone score. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Italian made with English speaking. That is as exciting as it gets. Watch traffic, that offers more excitement, anything. Anything, but-do not watch this!Published 18 months ago by jay herron
Different to say the least, which made it entertaining for me.Published 21 months ago by 724dispatcher46
This movie was good for a horror film. The English dub was terrible, though. The actors clearly all knew English at the time this movie was filmed. Read morePublished on July 13, 2014 by Matthew Yaksic
well it is is is is bad bad bay kid ones and as if we were the and sad onPublished on March 12, 2014 by ken smithers
What garbage, he rapes the girl with her slacks still on??????????? Don't buy. Worst movie, script, director, cutting, lighting etc.Published on January 4, 2014 by John Pimlott
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