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Scarlet Diva (2000)

R  |   |  Drama  |  26 May 2000 (Italy)
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A young Italian actress embarks on a self-destructive spree of sex, drugs and other excess while doing some soul searching to find the path for redemption.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Battista
Jean Shepard ...
Kirk Vaines
Herbert Fritsch ...
Aaron Ulrich
Gianluca Arcopinto ...
Dr. Pascuccia
Mr. Paar
Francesca d'Aloja ...
Vera Gemma ...
Veronica Lanza
Justinian Kfoury ...
Daria Nicolodi ...
Anna's Mother
Schooly-D ...
Hash-Man (as Schoolly D.)
Selen ...
Alessandro Villari ...
Leo Gullotta ...
Dr. Vessi
Paolo Bonacelli ...
Swiss Journalist
Vanessa Crane ...
Luke Ford


Anna Battista is a young, popular, 24-year-old Italian-born International film actress who engages herself on a hectic and self-destructive spree which takes her across Europe and to America to shed her "boy-toy" image to become an "artist" in order to write and direct herself in a semi-biography movie of herself titled "Scarlet Diva." After working in Rome, and winning a presigious film award in Milan, Anna travels to Paris to save her best friend from an abusive relationship, then avoids sleazy film producers in Los Angeles, meets and falls in love with a rock star who abandons her, finds out later that she's pregnant, and begins using drugs to numb her pain at this predictament she's gotten herself into. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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A Diva Escarlate  »

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The scene where Anna finds Veronica tied to the bed is based on what happened to a friend of both Asia Argento and Verra Gemma, who plays Veronica. See more »


Anna Battista: I have an oblique personality, direct proportion of my surroundings.
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Argento exorcises personal demons in Scarlet Diva
12 August 2003 | by (Portland, Or.) – See all my reviews

Basically, Scarlet Diva, at least in my view, is Asia Argento exorcising some personal demons, most likely from her past and maybe some of her friends. It's the story about a druggy actress and her struggle for normacy/sanity in an insane world. It is a very personal film filled with episodes from Argento's past, at least you get that impression. It's a good film and is not the shockfest that it has been portrayed as. Worth a see.

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