Filmed largely in 2019, the Marilyn Monroe biopic with Ana de Armas as the icon is a long time coming to Netflix. But why?
Before bursting into the skin of the James Bond Girl Paloma in Dying can wait, Ana de Armas had shot a biopic of Marilyn Monroe under the direction of Andrew Dominik (The murder of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford). Produced for Netflix, this feature film has not been put online yet, which has caused a lot of rumors about it.
Scandalous sex scenes?
In fact, it would seem that the first montage delivered contained too crude intimate scenes. According to the indiscretions of often well-informed journalist Jordan Ruimy, published in World of Reel in August 2021, Netflix was appalled by the highly graphic sex scenes, including a “very bloody cunnilingus during menstruation“, but also “a rape sequence“.
Last February, Andrew Dominik, however, had denied the rumor of this damn cunnilingus, but had admitted that Blonde was a “demanding movie“.”If the public doesn’t like it, that’s their problem. It is not made to please everyone.“, added in this interview with Screen Daily.
Since then, it has been confirmed that the biopic would be the first Netflix original movie banned from PG-17. A classification that suits the director well, however, who recently assured collider : “Netflix allows me to release any movie I want to make, and even with the 17-and-under ban, I think it’s great.“Which put an end to the noises in the corridors of the artistic differences between him and the stage.
A release in September?
In this same interview, the filmmaker clarified that the filming of Blonde had effectively concluded in July 2021 and that he could not appear at the Venice Film Festival last year because “it took a while to assemble it“, like all his films. And although he will not be able to go to the Croisette this year either, the New Zealander is now aiming for a premiere at the time of the next Venice Film Festival in September.
A nightmarish tragedy
Andrew Dominik also took the opportunity to provide details about the film, which he describes as “a movie for all the unloved children in the world“. And to add: “It’s like Citizen Kane and Raging Bull have a daughter.He also said of him:
“Use all the images you have seen of Marilyn Monroe, the movies, the photos of her life. But he changes the meaning of all these things according to his inner drama. So it’s kind of a movie about the unconscious, in a way.“
And it is a tragedy. It’s like an unwanted child becoming the most wanted woman in the world and having to deal with it, and how confusing it is. It’s kind of a nightmare. It’s like being in a car with no brakes. She just goes faster and faster.
Enough to give viewers a little more desire to discover this long-awaited feature film that Ana de Armas had designated as “the most intense work I had ever done“In an interview with entertainment weekly in 2019.
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