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September 01, 2004

Scarlet Diva

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"I am the most lonely girl in the world."

Today's issue of Italian Cinema Week at the Flea™ features a film directed by Asia Argento and starring Asia herself as an "oblique personality". Scarlet Diva has a stunning soundtrack and direction that suggests these are all of Argento's favourite angles of herself (and her favourite angels... we get to see pretty much all of her tattoos). Everything is a bit unsteady much, I suppose, as we are meant to believe is her experience of life as a successful, sought after and gorgeous actress. Though it does leave one with the impression she is out of her mind. Unhinged. In short, even more attractive than I already thought she was.

Scarlet Diva is maximum non-family rated from almost the first scene. That said, the film makes effective use of Christian imagery, taking on board the redemptive power of grace despite the worst of circumstances. This has the best director's commentary of any dvd I have looked at (that accent... it kills me). It confirms my impression of Vincent Gallo as a cad.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 1, 2004 08:57 AM

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