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The Stendhal Syndrome

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When a young policewoman becomes a victim of the cruel man’s infatuation while following down an elusive serial rapist/killer through Italy, she gradually becomes mad.

Dario Argento‘s 1996 Italian psychological horror thriller The Stendhal Syndrome stars his daughter Asia Argento, Thomas Kretschmann, and Marco Leonardi. It was the first film in Italy to include computer-generated visuals (CGI).

The title alludes to a psychological condition in which a patient experiences a fugue state as a result of the presence of art. Argento claimed to have had Stendhal syndrome as a youngster. While exploring Athens with his parents, young Dario was ascending the Parthenon stairs when he fell into a trance that caused him to get separated from his parents for hours. The event was so powerful that Argento never forgot it; he immediately remembered it when he came across Graziella Magherini’s book about the syndrome, which would serve as the inspiration for the film.


The Stendhal Syndrome by Dario Argento Movie Trailer

Image from the movie The Stendhal Syndrome

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