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Movie Review: 'The Stendhal Syndrome'

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Among the horror cognoscenti, Italian director Dario Argento (”Suspiria”) is revered as a shock genius, which makes it all the more surprising that this movie is such a snooze. Anna (Asia Argento) is a gorgeous police officer on the trail of a homicidal serial rapist (Kretschmann). She finds him. He rapes her. Twice. Then she kills him, all the while suffering from a mental malady that literally sucks her into any painting she sees. The Stendhal Syndrome was made with a steady, practiced hand, but none of it is scary — except for the queasiness you’ll feel knowing that the brutal rape scenes feature a young woman being directed by her daddy.