Bright Lights Film Journal

Women We Love – Asia Argento

Photographers’ model (above). Talented and charismatic “bad girl” actress. Novelist (I Love You, Kirk). Director and screenwriter of two personal and highly eccentric feature films – Scarlet Diva and The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things – in which she also starred, both quite intriguing in their ways. Daughter of Italian “Master of Horror” Dario Argento, who directed her in Trauma, The Stendahl Syndrome, and Mother of Tears, among others. Pals around with another Italian-director’s-daughter-who-also-directs, Sofia Coppola, who cast her as Madame DuBarry in Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. Once said, “Sometimes I think my father gave me life because he needed a lead actress for his films.”

Glenn Kenny has posted a fine review of her career to date at The Auteurs’ Notebook.