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Posted October 1, 2010
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"The Stendhal Syndrome" is a dark, brilliant, unnerving, and beautiful excursion into the mind of a policewoman who is brutally assaulted. Clearly, this is one of Dario Argento's masterworks, aided by a haunting score by the talented Ennio Morricone. <BR/><BR/>Asia Argento, who plays the heroine, becomes unhinged by her violation. She was not a well woman to begin with, suffering from a syndrome named after the writer Stendhal that causes her to faint when she views certain works of art that overwhelm her. Her sexual victimization pushes her over the brink of madness, and what ensues is sheer terror. She experiences difficulty distinguishing between fantasy and reality. Her psychological predicament becomes all the more heinous when reality, in the guise of her assailant who continues to stalk her, becomes more horrifying than the chimeras conjured by her overheated imagination.<BR/><BR/>In its depiction of a woman's descent into madness, this film reminds me of Roman Polanski's "Repulsion," but Dario Argento's film is richer and fuller, whereas Polanski's is claustrophobic. "The Stendhanl Syndrome" is Argento at the top of his game.<BR/><BR/>--Bryan Cassiday, author of "Fete of Death"
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Posted October 1, 2010
Blue Underground has done another great job with this highly underrated Argento movie. But let’s not forget it was because of Troma that the film got any theatrical and initial DVD-release in it’s uncut version! It is also important to know that the Troma-dvd has the correct aspect ratio (which is somewhat overmatted in Blue Underground’s version) and some wonderful extra’s that are not present here, including an interview with Argento by the other highly underrated genius moviedirector Lloyd Kaufman, in which Dario is in a more relaxed and jolly mood than ever seen elsewhere. A brilliant film, with one of the best performances by Asia Argento ever. A fantastic treatment by VU. But without Troma’s dvd-premiere of this film you are certainly not complete!! If you have do choose, get that one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.