For adults only, the film Scarlet Diva has returned to store shelves in the form of a remastered Blu-ray. Originally released in , the erotic film was able to get some attention, but with the moral decay over the years in this 21st century it has opened a window to a sexual revolution in movies. I guess you can call this a rant, instead of a rave, but this film has nothing going for it except sex, nudity, drugs and more sex nudity and drugs. Close to pornography as one can get, it fits in the genre soft porn. The story flip flops all over the place as the main character travels Europe and then the USA visiting friends where she has sex with a drug dealer, attends a rock event followed by sex with the rock star, goes to her hotel room where she has sex with a female stranger, gets a chance to sell her script to a schlocky producer narrowly escaping rape, does a photo shoot where she gets drugged and raped by a female client rep and her photographer, etc. Most of this can be explained as follows.
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While Scarlet Diva may feel like a diaristic lo-fi indie project at first glance, a grainy manifesto of romantic self-reflection, it descends into something closer to a horror film, complete with disorienting, blood-drenched dream sequences and a vulnerable performance from Argento that stays with you long after the credits roll. The horror villain is, almost always, a man. Long before she shared her story with Ronan Farrow for a New Yorker report —in which she accused Weinstein of forcibly performing oral sex on her in —Argento wrote, directed, and starred in her own so-called MeToo story, with the messy, radical brushstrokes of someone who grew up well aware of the dark side of movie-making.
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. Italian English French. Asia Argento's opus about a drug fuelled and lonely descent into Hell; fiction or autobiography; via documentary style filmmaking, which makes this a fascinating watch.