Scarlet Diva film poster
|Directed by||Asia Argento|
|Produced by||Claudio Argento|
|Written by||Asia Argento|
|Music by||John Hughes|
|Edited by||Anna Rosa Napoli|
|May 26, 2000|
Scarlet Diva is a 2000 Italian film by actress and first-time director and screenwriter Asia Argento.
Scarlet Diva is a semi-autobiographical film about the Italian actress and director Asia Argento's life as an actress. A self-destructive streak in Anna Battista (Argento) pulls her into drugs, sex and other excesses. To combat this descent, she attempts to fulfill her creative side by becoming a film director. Battista's attempts to realize her talent is thwarted however by her desires and the uncaring responses of those around her. As part of her plans to become a director and bring her story to the screen, Battista travels to Los Angeles but only meets a shady film producer (Joe Coleman). She falls in love with an uncaring Australian rock and roll star (Jean Shepard), then finds out she is pregnant by him. But her life is still in disarray as she uses drugs to help herself feel better.
- Asia Argento as Anna Battista
- Gloria Pirrocco as Young Anna
- Jean Shepard as Kirk Vaines
- Herbert Fritsch as Aaron Ulrich
- Francesca D'Aloja as Margherita
- Vera Gemma as Veronica Lanza
- Daria Nicolodi as Anna's Mother
- Selen as Quelou
- Leo Gullotta as Dr. Vessi
- Joe Coleman as Mr. Paar
- Justinian Kfoury as J-Bird
- Schoolly D as Hash-Man
- Leonardo Servadio as Young Alioscia
- Paolo Bonacelli as Swiss Journalist
Scarlet Diva was shot entirely on digital video, making it among the earliest feature films to be created with this technology.
Harvey Weinstein reenactment scene
In October 2017, Argento revealed that the scene in which the producer tries to assault the main character is based on harassment of her involving sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein, except "In the movie [...] I ran away" according to Argento.
Reception and legacy
- Farrow, Ronan (10 October 2017). "Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein's Accusers Tell Their Stories". The New Yorker. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
- "I wrote and directed this scene in 1999. #Weinstein". Asia Argento's Twitter account. 10 October 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
- SCARLET DIVA by Asia Argento - Narrative Feature Film @ Brooklyn Film Festival
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