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Stendhal Syndrome [DVD] [1996] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Asia Argento, Thomas Kretschmann, Marco Leonardi, Luigi Diberti, Paolo Bonacelli
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Writers: Dario Argento, Franco Ferrini, Graziella Magherini
  • Producers: Dario Argento, Giuseppe Colombo, Walter Massi
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S0GYS4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,800 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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As gory and hard as 'Tenebrae'......'The Stendhal Syndrome' finds Argentino going back to basics in a big way. -- (Cinefantastique)

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 Sep 2010
Format: DVD
Thanks to its troubled release history and the multiple unsatisfying DVD releases over the years, I've seen The Stendhal Syndrome more times than any of Dario Argento's other films, which is probably a good thing since once past the initial disappointment at how little use it makes of the condition that gives it it's title there's a lot more to it than initially meets the eye. It's almost certainly Argento's most difficult and contradictory film. On one side it's a nasty little thriller about a serial rapist and killer with some unpleasant violence (albeit not as excessive as you might expect). And yet at the same time it does make a genuine effort to build a narrative around the psychological after-effects on one of his victims as she continually reinvents herself, at first as a more masculine figure in an attempt to reclaim some of the power her rapist has taken from her, later as a more `pure' and feminine one, ultimately identifying all too closely with her attacker...

It's not a complete success but it's certainly Argento's most ambitious and psychologically profound film with the best female role in any of his films. Unfortunately, the fact that she's played by Asia Argento, an actress with more ferocity than subtlety doesn't help (it was originally written as a vehicle for Bridget Fonda, with Jennifer Jason Leigh subsequently briefly attached). Nor does the fact that the Stendhal Syndrome itself, a form of emotional overload and physical breakdown in the presence of great works of art somewhat similar to the Jerusalem Syndrome, isn't really explored beyond acting as a trigger for the plot. The exceptionally bad cgi effects when it is don't help either, undercutting a couple of potentially interesting setpieces.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Drury on 29 April 2012
Format: DVD
This is indeed another masterpiece of filmmaking from Dario Argento, a strange and dark descent into the world of a serial killer who is very select with his victims, Asia Argento plays a detective who becomes his latest obsession, the film starts out as your average thriller then gets more and more unusual as its plays out to the twisted and surprising ending! As usual the music score is great, theres allot of surreal moments and some nasty violence!! But most of all good story telling! Certainly worth checking out for any fan of Dario Argento. Will she escape from the clutches of a killer or will she be too overwhelmed by The Stendhal Syndrome, watch and see!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colonel Decker on 17 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
I could wax lyrical all day long about the genius of this film. The lightening, the acting, the direction the claustrophobic tension filled scenes. Argento's daughter, Asia is simply brilliant as the cop going slightly mad over time. Stendahl is like Vertigo's sister. It's brilliance at least in the 1990's is quite unequalled. A masterpiece yet again from the master.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Moment on 16 July 2007
Format: DVD
I don't find myself saying this about most recent Dario Argento - where the holes in the plot only widen under scrutiny - but, though flawed, this film actually improves with repeated viewings. We'll have to wait and see how his conclusion to his "Three Mothers" trilogy turns out but, for the time being, this is easily his best work starring his daughter Asia. The previous "Trauma" was little short of an absolute mess in which, whatever good intentions he may have started out with, Dario struggled to tie his anorexic heroine to the ludicrous plot. With "The Stendhal Syndrome" he deals again with psychological illness, this time more successfully despite the somewhat trivial nature of the titular condition.

The first 20 minutes or so has an extraordinary hallucinatory quality and is quite masterfully directed. Anna Manni (Asia Argento) visits the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, has a powerful reaction - the Stendhal Syndrome - to some of the paintings, faints, injures herself in falling and wakes up with short term memory loss, not knowing who she is. Dazed and confused she staggers outside where a 'helpful stranger' catches up with her, returns her abandoned handbag, puts her in a taxi and dispatches her back to her hotel. Once there, Anna begins to regain her memory while hallucinating under the joint influences of prescribed medication and a painting on her bedroom wall. This is very cleverly done, for the facts recalled - that she is a police officer from Rome hunting a serial rapist/murderer - are simultaneously revealed to Anna and we, the viewer, increasing our sympathy with her. Returning from her dream, Anna is attacked and raped by the man she is hunting, passes out and awakes to find him in the process of killing another victim with Anna's gun.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "brasshande" on 4 May 2003
Format: DVD
As an huge fan of Dario Argento’s work, I have to say that this film was a bit of a let down to me. The premise is that a police detective (Dario’s delightful daughter, Asia) is being stalked by a deranged rapist/murderer, but she also suffers from the Stendhal Syndrome of the title. This causes her to have frightening hallucinations whenever she is confronted with works of art. As he has just been assigned to catch the killer in Florence, this predictably turns out to be a major problem for her.
There are a few issues which bother me about this film. The first and most obvious (to fans anyway) is that it does not look like an Argento film. There are none of the awesome camera angles and shots that are the trademark of earlier films such as Suspiria, Tenebrae or Phenomena. A quote on the DVD cover claims that it is “as gory and hard as Tenebrae”. It is nowhere near.
The second problem is the casting of Asia in the main role as Anna, the detective. Apart from the fact that she looks about fourteen years old, she just doesn’t have the charisma to pull it off successfully. She’s a very attractive girl and so watchable in that sense, but she never convinces in her character.
Thirdly, for the most part, the film is just boring. There are long passages where nothing of consequence happens, and you find yourself wishing for the killer to strike again, just to liven things up. Argento films never used to be like this, did they?
It’s not all bad news, though. There is an interesting twist ending (par for the course from this director, though) and as already mentioned, I could look at Asia Argento all day long. Not a bad film on its own terms then, but it struggles to live up to the reputation of its illustrious predecessors.
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