Euro Cult Movie Forum => Comedy, Drama & Thrillers => Topic started by: vigilanteforce on 23 Aug 2007 - 14:47

Title: SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, 2000)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 23 Aug 2007 - 14:47
Some random thoughts on the film, copied and pasted from my blog- I rarely waste my time for writing negative reviews of other people's work but this time I just couldn't help it!

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I have to admit that I used to admire Asia a lot although I lost a lot of my respect for her after revisiting SCARLET DIVA. I've had the Media Blasters DVD since it came out (its been a few years since its release) and I have never been able to seat through the whole feature.

Asia plays a famous Italian actress (hmm....) called Anna Batista. She is apparently very lonely and depressed and lives a life of self-destruction. Drugs of all kinds, sleazy sex, tons of drama- there's nothing missing from the menu. Anna lives a totally reckless life that involves taking drugs, screwing around, etc and then wonders why she is so miserable and unhappy.

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Needless to say, this is mostly inspired from Asia's own life with just a few fictional elements added to the story. Some will definitely look at it as a sensitive story of pain and redemption but NO- I've had enough of these miserable films that try to sell themselves as "arthouse". Put all your filth on film and you are an artist. Throw shit on a canvas and call yourself a painter! Enough of that!

Most of the film (which is shot on Mini DV) depicts Ms. Argento fucking (for real), showing off her hairy pussy (cause the Japanese like it hairy as she stated in the commentary track), using drugs (for real), smoking, shaving her armpits, smoking (I don't even want to know how many packs she does daily), burning her skin with cigarettes (for real), crying and getting wasted. Thankfully, we don't get to see her taking a hit although even that wouldn't surprise me. SCARLET DIVA would have been more sincere if it was titled THIS IS ASIA ARGENTO or A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF ASIA or something. This movie must have been made to make the viewers feel sorry for its star/director, I just can't explain it otherwise.

The misleading DVD cover (and the "here's the film that should be called XXX" tagline) obviously tries to market the feature as a softcore sex film (it wouldn't be bad for a porn either actually). There's definitely lots of skin on display but viewers who buy this strictly for sex and nudity will be let down. Actually the artwork leads me to suspect that Asia purposely made a softcore sex flick and cleverly disguised it as arthouse in order to reach a wider audience. Not sure what the case is but she is far from what I call a sincere filmmaker.

Please help me, I am so rich but so frustrated and unhappy at the same time- my life sucks so bad... being Dario Argento's daughter isn't as cool as it sounds after all. She is really a sad individual. Not to mention she also sounds stoned and wasted in real life- just listen to her commentary track on the Media Blasters disc.

Since it is shot on DV, the movie has an amateurish look. Asia could have done worse directing it but still most of it looks rushed and uninspired and poorly made. However, nothing shown here is faked. This fact, combined with the hand-held camera work gives a documentary feel to the movie which is positive, keeping in mind the story is mostly autobiographical.

Too bad because I actually wanted to like the movie. I cannot help but dismiss it as an immature attempt at arthouse cinema though. If you are a 13-year old girl with self-destructive tendencies this one is for you.
Title: Re: SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, 2000)
Post by: Paul on 23 Aug 2007 - 14:53
I thought this was thoroughly self-indulgent too - and I really wanted to like it!

Her follow-up film, THE HEART IS DECIETFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS was certainly a step-up from SCARLET DIVA but was one of the most incredibly depressing films I watched that year.

No one could ever accuse Asia Argento of ripping her fathers films off!
Title: Re: SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, 2000)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 23 Aug 2007 - 14:59
Who cares what the films like! She spends most of it naked!
Title: Re: SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, 2000)
Post by: Jonny on 23 Aug 2007 - 15:06
Isn't their a rumour going round that she actually was being screwed by her boyfriend on camera in this?
Title: Re: SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, 2000)
Post by: Paul on 23 Aug 2007 - 15:08
Isn't their a rumour going round that she actually was being screwed by her boyfriend on camera in this?

That's right - the scene in question is the one in the pic that lefteris added above.
Title: Re: SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, 2000)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 23 Aug 2007 - 20:50
I gave this one away shortly after buying it.
Title: Re: SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, 2000)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 23 Aug 2007 - 21:38
I don't blame you Commissario, I think I will be getting rid of my copy as well. I really had no idea the movie would be like that when I first bought it. The cover had fooled me into believing its sexploitation or something!

Asia is always interesting in her films but this one just makes me think she must be a terrible person. I will check out THE HEART IS DECEITFUL sometime, just out of curiosity.
Title: Re: SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, 2000)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 23 Aug 2007 - 21:44
I found it boring.
Title: Re: SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, 2000)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 23 Aug 2007 - 21:48
I bought it mainly to see her getting naked and the sex (didn't know it was supposed to be real!) I found very boring and uninteresting. The person I gave it to hasn't even watched it yet!
Title: Re: SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, 2000)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 23 Aug 2007 - 21:53
I am not surprised nobody likes it here. Guess I was right when I wrote it could only appeal to 13-year old depressed girls with suicidal tendencies  :-\

EDIT: I guess it would also appeal to junkies  :-\
Title: Re: SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, 2000)
Post by: Jonny on 23 Aug 2007 - 22:02
I am not surprised nobody likes it here. Guess I was right when I wrote it could only appeal to 13-year old depressed girls with suicidal tendencies  :-\

EDIT: I guess it would also appeal to junkies  :-\

I've not seen this film but I'd like to. I'm not a junkie, though I'm very interested in seeing Asia's breasts.
Title: Re: SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, 2000)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 23 Aug 2007 - 22:10
LOL, I guess that's what everybody here bought the DVD for. Trust me, even seeing her tits gets boring after the first half of the movie. And that scene where she is shaving her armpits and smokes at the same time almost made me hate her.
Title: Re: SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, 2000)
Post by: Jonny on 23 Aug 2007 - 22:16
Trust me, even seeing her tits gets boring after the first half of the movie.

I never get bored of seeing tits. Will this film be the first time I do so?
Title: Re: SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, 2000)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 23 Aug 2007 - 22:23
Well, let me rephrase that. If the movie's focus was tits and ass, I wouldn't have got tired! There's just too much pathetic drama between the good parts.
Title: Re: SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, 2000)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 23 Aug 2007 - 22:27
Perhaps this one should be moved to the new European art cinema section?
Title: Re: SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, 2000)
Post by: Jonny on 23 Aug 2007 - 22:27
Well, let me rephrase that. If the movie's focus was tits and ass, I wouldn't have got tired! There's just too much pathetic drama between the good parts.

Any chance of some more shots of Asias Breasts?
Title: Re: SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, 2000)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 23 Aug 2007 - 22:28
sure, hang on  :D
Title: Re: SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, 2000)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 23 Aug 2007 - 22:51
pussy shot

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Title: Re: SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, 2000)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 23 Aug 2007 - 22:54
breast shot

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Title: Re: SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, 2000)
Post by: Jonny on 23 Aug 2007 - 22:55
pussy shot

Asia's a very naughty girl...
Title: Re: SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, 2000)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 23 Aug 2007 - 22:59
So is her friend Vera Gemma (Giuliano's daughter)- wearing her dad's hat and holding his gun in this shot:

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Title: Re: SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, 2000)
Post by: Mart85 on 24 Aug 2007 - 07:57
Yeah she is.  At least according to Giuliano Gemma's bios on Wikipedia and IMDB.

Never seen SCARLET DIVA.  After them grabs me thinks I should get it.
Title: Re: SCARLET DIVA (Asia Argento, 2000)
Post by: Nadeem on 19 Sep 2007 - 23:57
I love Asia Argento 8)

I had forgotten how hot Vera Gemma is.