The Stendhal Syndrome ()

directed by Dario Argento
featuring Luigi Diberti, Thomas Kretschmann, Julien Lambroschini, Marco Leonardi, John Quentin

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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 ...

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Jan 7, 2010

An Argento essential

Visually stunning, this Argento giallo unfortunately runs too long and allows the viewer to get ahead of the story. Nevertheless, it's one of Argento's most eye-popping films, and an essential for Argento and giallo fans.

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