The Stendhal Syndrome Movie Review Summary

Actors: Asia Argento, Thomas Kretschmann, Marco Leonardi, Paolo Bonacelli

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THE STENDHAL SYNDROME (La Sindrome di Stendhal) was written and directed by Dario Argento in 1995.
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Det. Anna Manni (Asia Argento) suffers from the Stendhal Syndrome that is rapid heartbeat, dizziness, confusion and hallucinations, brought on by an overdose of beautiful art. Now she's investigating in Florence, Italy the recent murder of a youg girl who seems to be the last victim of a violent rapist. Anna is raped by him in her hotel room and returns to Rome. She must rest and see a psychiatrist twice a week.

But Alfredo Grossi, the killer, is now obsessed by Anna and manages to kidnap her. He hides her in a cave, rapes her again and abandons her. When he comes back in the evening, Anna kills him and throws his body into the river. A few weeks later, Anna falls in love with an American art restorer. One night, she receives a phone call from Alfredo who tells her he'll soon murder her new boyfriend.

The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999 Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Crime story:    -   hunted by killer/stalker Criminal enemy is...    -   rapist

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Italian Unusual characteristics    -   Mentally Ill


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   sewers/subways

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gory visuals of deaths and torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   sex with icepick Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Is this movie based on a    -   book

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