I am not going to pretend that part of the main appeal of THE STENDHAL SYNDROME (as with much of Argento, but magnified) involves a somewhat prurient sort of titillation. I for one am not above such pleasures, so long as they are tuned just right. But this is also a powerful film about art and rape, respectively, and in dialogue. As such it becomes about trauma and the dissolution not only of identity but of reality.
The first 2/3 is classic Argento ranking amongst his best while the final third nearly ruins it until its final trick. Dario's output since the 80's has been mediocre at best but this reps the best of those films. Asia Argento puts her soul into her portrayal with a performance that is both brave and crazy. Score by Morricone is magnificent as is the cinematography of Rotunno. Well worth another look.
Stylish upping-the-ante of "Opera"'s pervy tie-me-up-and-watch-me, and with moments of tension (plus it has Caravaggio and Rembrandt!), but the pacing is extremely poor, the CGI is hugely unwelcome, and Asia Argento lacks the gravitas (and age) to play a top police official.
Underrated psychological thriller. It's in my opinion, Argento's last great film and bit (just a bit) better than Opera. Asia gives an emotional performance and Thomas Kretschmann is convincingly terrifying. The cinematography is actually quite striking and uses the locations well. I love the opening sequence!
Put off watching this because most of Argento's post-80s stuff has been... let's just say it hasn't been up to par. The opening scene in the museum is fantastic though, and had me expecting an unsung masterpiece. Oh but how we fall. Better than Trauma, and most of what came after (Non ho sonno, 2001, being an exception) but not without its many faults. Like many recent Dario films, bloated and rough. Durable.
Very underrated Argento. Psychologically gripping and suspenseful! But be warned, it can be hard to watch at times; the villain (a serial rapist) can make you psysically ill. He even gives the guys from 'I Spit On Your Grave' a run for their money!
Most underrated Argento film. Not everything works, some scenes and dialogue are very clumsy and Asia is too young to be playing such an important policewoman but it is the only Argento film which focusses on the effects of violence rather than the violence itself and the film has some disturbing scenes. Thomas Kretchmann is superb in his role.