blonda biography of Marilyn Monroe directed by Andrew Dominik, has been in development since 2010 and will finally be released this year as part of the Netflix catalog.
Not even a teaser has been released yet, but the feature film is already making headlines around the world for promises a lot of controversy due to their sex scenes, telling the story of Marilyn Monroe (played by Ana de Armas). Blonde does not want to create a historical and realistic panorama, but an allegory on the Hollywood icon.
Blonde is a biographical drama written and directed by Andrew Dominik, based on the 2000 book of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates.
Find out everything we already know about the film and the reason for the controversy surrounding the production below. The information was collected in a report by the Cinema Observatory.
Why is Blonde controversial?
Besides supposedly having explicit sex scenes, blond must be controversial for having portrayed Marilyn Monroe in a very different way, without bothering with a factual reconstruction of the trajectory of the icon.
Joyce Carol Oates, the author of the book that inspired the film, never intended to produce a simple biography of Marilyn Monroe. In fact, the writer selected real parts of the star’s life and tied them to an expansive and allegorical plot, marked by great “lyrical intuition”.
The book made a strong impression on screenwriter and director Andrew Dominik, who has been working on the adaptation for a long time.
In a post on Twitter, Joyce Carol Oates celebrated the upcoming adaptation, and heaped praise on the filmmaker.
“blond it is a surprising, brilliant, terrifying and extremely feminist interpretation. I think Andrew is the first male director to achieve such a feat.
In Hollywood, reality and legend often get confused. It’s hard to know what’s real and what’s fictional in the lives of the rich and famous – and often that ambiguity makes things much more interesting.
Marilyn Monroe’s legacy is defined by the actress’ incredible accomplishments and soulful mysteries.
“We will never know the full story of one of cinema history’s greatest icons. Therefore, Joyce Carol Oates’ book is not a biography. And the film, while technically a biographical drama , is also an imaginative take on the star. It’s about emotional honesty rather than factual accuracy,” the Cinema Blend review explains.
Andrew Dominik’s film doesn’t care that much about “facts and reality”, and as a result, it may divide audience opinion.
“blond embodies all the injustices that strike women. It’s the story of a Cinderella, condemned to live among the ashes,” commented the filmmaker in an interview with Screen Daily.
The film will “offend everyone”
In a recent interview with Vulture, Dominik says that blond will address sensitive topics in an ambiguous way that may offend viewers.
“If it had come out a few years ago, it would have been great when #MeToo came along and it would have been an expression of all of those things. We’re at a point right now, I think, where people don’t really don’t know where the lines are. It’s a movie that definitely has a moral about it. But it’s swimming in very ambiguous waters, because I don’t think it’s going to be as simple as people want to see it. there is something about him that shocks everyone, ”says the filmmaker.
The biopic earned the most restricted rating in the United States, NC-17, which means no one under the age of 18 can watch the Netflix movie.
blond premieres on Netflix in late 2022.