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The new movie Blonde by Andrew Dominik is a portrayal of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe’s tumultuous life and times. It stars Ana de Armas as the legend.
The film’s first trailer gives us a look into the life of an actress who has been torn between reality and fiction since she began in this industry. As other people try their best to take advantage of her spirit.
“I’ve played Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn Monroe. I can’t face doing another scene with Marilyn Monroe,” de Armas states in the video, which contains a creepy rendition of Monroe’s “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” from 1953’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
“Marilyn doesn’t exist. When I come out of my dressing room, I’m Norma Jean. I’m still here when the camera is rolling. Marilyn Monroe only exists on the screen.”
Monroe’s life has always been the stuff of legend, but Blonde, based on Joyce Carol Oates’ novel with the same name, takes a fantastical approach to tell her story.
The official synopsis emphasizes that the movie stresses “a life both known and unknown” in a “boldly imaginative” project that navigates the complexity of the legend’s unsettling life.
The trailer also warns that the Netflix movie is rated NC-17 for its sexual content.
Blonde: ‘A Movie for All Unloved Children of the World’
Previously, Dominik referred to the film as “a movie for all the unloved children of the world,” talking to Collider.
“It’s like Citizen Kane and Raging Bull had a baby daughter,” he further said.
“The whole idea of Blonde was to detail a childhood drama and then show the way in which that drama splits the adults into a public and private self. And how the adult sees the world through the lens of that childhood drama, and it’s sort of a story of a person whose rational picture of the world as being overwhelmed by her unconscious, and it uses the iconography of Marilyn Monroe.”
Blonde, featuring Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller and Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio – two of Monroe’s husbands, drops on Netflix on September 28, after its debut at the Venice International Film Festival 2022.
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