GenreDrama Music directorJohn Hughes WriterAsia Argento
French Release dateMay 26, 2000 CastAsia Argento (Anna Battista), Jean Shepard (Kirk Vaines), Herbert Fritsch (Aaron Ulrich), Gianluca Arcopinto (Dr. Pascuccia), Vera Gemma (Veronica Lanza), Daria Nicolodi (Anna's Mother) Similar moviesJamon Jamon, The Voyeur, Paprika, All Ladies Do It, Knock Knock, Irreversible
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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 Batista (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. Batista'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, Batista 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 her feel better. Released in January 2000, Scarlet Diva was shot entirely on digital video, making it among the earliest feature films to be created with this technology.
Asia Argento : Anna Battista
Gloria Pirrocco : Young Anna
Jean Shepard : Kirk Vaines
Herbert Fritsch : Aaron Ulrich
Francesca d'Aloja : Margherita
Vera Gemma : Veronica Lanza
Daria Nicolodi : Anna's Mother
Selen : Quelou
Leo Gullotta : Dr. Vessi
Joe Coleman : Mr. Paar
Justinian Kfoury : J-Bird
Schoolly D : Hash-Man
Leonardo Servadio: Young Alioscia
Paolo Bonacelli : Swiss Journalist
Reception and legacy
The film tied with two other films to win the Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival Award for Best New Director.
A videocassette of the film can be seen on a shelf behind the counter in a video rental store in Dario Argento's film Do You Like Hitchcock?