Andrew Dominik Blames Blonde Backlash On Americans Wanting Marilyn Monroe As Empowered Woman

Andrew Dominik Blames Blonde Backlash On Americans Wanting Marilyn Monroe As Empowered Woman

Updated on December 05, 2022 18:21 PM by Michael Davis

The director of the movie was delighted that his film, which starred Ana de Armas, had angered many people.

Film's premiere in Venice

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After the film's premiere in Venice, there was a heated debate about Andrew Dominik's biography of Marilyn Monroe, Blonde, which was produced for Netflix. Dominik addressed the controversy surrounding the film.
At the Red Sea International Film Festival in Saudi Arabia, the director stated that American audiences had the most negative reaction to the film — "they despised the movie!" — and that when it came to iconic Americans like Marilyn Monroe, they only wanted to watch a celebration of their lives. This was the most negative response to the film that the director had heard.

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Marilyn Monroe re-casted

They want to recast Marilyn Monroe in the role of an empowered woman because "now we live in a moment when it's vital to represent women as empowered," and "now we live in a period where it's necessary to depict women as empowered." He added, "This is what people want to see," which is an accurate assessment. However, they will grow irate if you do not indicate that you understand this.

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Ana de Armas as the icon in Blonde

Instead, he stated that Blonde, starring Ana de Armas as the icon, was accused of exploiting Monroe. "Which is odd considering she's deceased. He stated that the movie has no effect in any way. "They mean that the film used their memories and pictures of her, which is acceptable. However, this is the entire premise of the film. It is attempting to use her life's iconography to serve something else; it is attempting to take familiar objects and turn their meaning on their head. However, that is what they do not wish to see." As an Australian who came of age in the 1980s, when "offending your audience was a sacred responsibility, jarring them out of their comfort," Dominik was "very happy" that Blonde had "offended so many people." He also said that American films were becoming "more conservative," analogous to a bedtime story in which the audience already knew every word and any change would elicit a response. "However, I do not wish to create bedtime stories."
Dominik stated that despite the outcry against Blonde, "tens of millions of people" viewed the film on Netflix.

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