The Stendhal Syndrome

La sindrome di Stendhal

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.

The Stendhal Syndrome is a 1996 Italian psychological horror film written and directed by Dario Argento and starring his daughter Asia Argento, with Thomas Kretschmann and Marco Leonardi. It was the first Italian film to use computer-generated imagery (CGI).

The title refers to a psychological condition in which a subject enters a fugue state enduced by the presence of art. Argento said he experienced Stendhal syndrome as a child. While touring Athens with his parents young Dario was climbing the steps of the Parthenon when he was overcome by a trance that caused him to become lost from his parents for hours. The experience was so strong that Argento never forgot it; he immediately thought of it when he came across Graziella Magherini’s book about the syndrome, which would become the basis of the film. [wikipedia]

The Stendhal Syndrome by Dario Argento Movie Trailer

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