Andrew Dominic, director of the controversial Marilyn Monroe biopic Blondetalks about the backlash against the Netflix movie.
During an appearance at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Saudi Arabia, Dominique declared that American audiences “hated the movie,” which stars Ana de Armas as the film’s iconic star. The Australian director claimed that this was due to the public’s desperate desire to see Monroe. “Enabled” appears on the screen.
“Now we live in a time when it is important to present women as empowered, and they want to reinvent Marilyn Monroe as an empowered woman. This is what they want to see,” said Dominic of the beloved movie star. To The Hollywood Reporter. “And if you don’t show it to them, it upsets them.”
Dominic went on to say that those who criticized the film, based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel of the same name, must have felt that it tapped into their memories of the actress who died of a drug overdose at the age of 36 in 1962.
“It’s kind of weird, because she’s dead. The movie doesn’t make any difference one way or the other,” Dominic said. What they really mean is that the movie tapped into their memory of her, their image of her, which is fair enough. But that’s the whole point of the movie. It’s trying to take the icons of her life and put them in the service of something else. It’s trying to take things that are familiar to you, and shift meaning. Inside out. But that’s what they don’t want to see.”
Despite the negative reaction, Dominic explained that he was actually “really pleased” that the film had “enraged so many people”, as he considers it the artist’s responsibility to elicit an emotional response from their work. Until coming of age in the 1980s, he said, when “offending your audience was a serious duty, to get them out of complacency with things”.
Dominic, who claims that “tens of millions of people” have watched the film on Netflix, concluded by saying that he believes the American film has become “more conservative”. He compared the current state of cinema to bedtime stories, explaining that people want a story with a predictable ending.
“I don’t want to write bedtime stories,” he concluded.
Blonde It sparked significant controversy over the NC-17 classification and its treatment of rape, abortion, and abortion. Back in October, model and author Emily Ratajkowski called out the film in a TikTok post, saying it was responsible for “provoking women’s pain,” Yahoo Entertainment previously reported.
“I’ve heard a lot about this Marilyn Monroe movie, Blonde“Which I haven’t seen yet, but I’m not surprised to hear that it’s another movie that hits the pain of women, even in death,” Ratajkowski explained to the camera. “Look at Amy Winehouse. Look at Britney Spears. Look at The Way We’re Obsessed [Princess] Diana dies. Look at the way we obsess over dead girls and serial killers. watch any CSI The episode, and this is the maddening fascination of women’s pain and death.”
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