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Scarlet Diva (2000)

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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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Asia Argento

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Asia Argento
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Asia Argento ... Anna Battista
Jean Shepard Jean Shepard ... Kirk Vaines
Herbert Fritsch Herbert Fritsch ... Aaron Ulrich
Gianluca Arcopinto Gianluca Arcopinto ... Dr. Pascuccia
Joe Coleman ... Mr. Paar
Francesca d'Aloja Francesca d'Aloja ... Margherita
Vera Gemma ... Veronica Lanza
Justinian Kfoury Justinian Kfoury ... J-Bird
Daria Nicolodi ... Anna's Mother
Schooly-D ... Hash-Man (as Schoolly D.)
Selen ... Quelou
Alessandro Villari Alessandro Villari ... Hamid
Leo Gullotta ... Dr. Vessi
Paolo Bonacelli ... Swiss Journalist
David D'Ingeo David D'Ingeo ... Adam
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Italy

Language:

English | Italian | French

Release Date:

26 May 2000 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Diva Escarlate See more »

Filming Locations:

Netherlands See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$18,062, 29 September 2007
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Production Co:

Opera Film (II) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joe Coleman's character, Barry Paar, was based on Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and a real life encounter that Asia Argento had with him in a hotel room in Cannes 1997. Argento confirmed this on her Twitter account in October 2017. See more »

Quotes

Anna Battista: I'm sorry. It's the first time I've ever made love.
Kirk: Don't tell me you're a virgin.
Anna Battista: No. I'm a whore.
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Alternate Versions

DVD release is preceded by a brief, videotaped introduction by Asia Argento that is not included in the theatrical version. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Indie (2008) See more »

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The sad tale of the visible woman and her invisible man
10 June 2000 | by BronxSee all my reviews

Scarlet Diva is a novel of radical dismantling. Anna Battista / Asia Argento -- " The best actress of the year", as a voice announces on the first line of the film; "a whore", as she puts it - throws herself on a planetary crusade (Rome / Locarno / Paris /Naples / Rome / Milan / London / Los Angeles / Amsterdam / Rome / Paris) of stereotyped situations: she's late on the set because she's having sex with a big black man on her trailer; she answers boldly to journalists; frees her best friend from bondage, buys hash in Paris; she falls in love with a singer; etcetera. But every stereotype is lit by a strange light, from intense, never banal staging, and an ironic, startled, clear and passionate view of the world. Scarlet Diva is a real woman's film. Anna Battista not only is a victim of destiny, she's also the author of her own story. Anna Battista is an actress wanting to become a director, desperately trying to write a film called Scarlet Diva, a film which ends with these words: "A light snow begins falling, like cotton candy" (which is also a perfect image to describe Asia Argento style as a director: a sweet and morbid lightness). This is Scarlet Diva, a mixture between story and telling, the glance of the actress and the glance of the director, body and camera. In one of the most intense scenes of the film, Anna / Asia, naked in front of a mirror gets made up, then destroys the makeup with her tears. In just a few shots there's all Scarlet Diva: a light intimate photography, a fearless, confident acting, merciless and touching sound track: a precious and grazing staging.


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