Scarlet Diva
Scarlet Diva film poster
Directed byAsia Argento
Written byAsia Argento
Produced by
  • Asia Argento
  • Jean Sheperd
CinematographyFrederic Fasano
Edited byAnna Rosa Napoli
Music byJohn Hughes
Distributed byMinerva
Release date
May 26, 2000
Running time
91 minutes
  • English
  • Italian
  • French

Scarlet Diva is a 2000 Italian film by actress and first-time director and screenwriter Asia Argento.

Plot summary

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 are thwarted 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 Sheperd), then finds out she is pregnant by him. But her life is still in disarray as she uses drugs to help herself feel better.



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 the alleged sexual assault on her by Harvey Weinstein, except "In the movie [...] I ran away" according to Argento.[1][2][3]

Reception and legacy

The film tied with two other films to win the Brooklyn Film Festival Award for Best New Director.[4]

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?


  1. ^ Farrow, Ronan (10 October 2017). "Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein's Accusers Tell Their Stories". The New Yorker. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  2. ^ "I wrote and directed this scene in 1999. #Weinstein". Asia Argento's Twitter account. 10 October 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Asia Argento Shares Scene Inspired by Harvey Weinstein's Alleged Assault". 10 October 2017.
  4. ^ SCARLET DIVA by Asia Argento - Narrative Feature Film @ Brooklyn Film Festival