‘Blonde’ director responds to response to Marilyn Monroe film

Andrew Dominick, the director of the controversial Marilyn Monroe biopic Blond, spoke out about the film’s backlash. (Photo: Sylvain Lefevre/WireImage)

Andrew Dominik, the director of the controversial Marilyn Monroe biopic Blondspeaks out about the backlash against the Netflix film.

During an appearance at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Saudi Arabia, Dominik proclaimed that American audiences “hated the movie”, in which Ana de Armas played the iconic movie star. The Australian director claimed this was because audiences strictly wanted to see Monroe. appear “authorized” on the screen.

“Now we live in a time where it is important to present women as empowered, and they want to reinvent Marilyn Monroe as an empowered woman. That’s what they want to see,” Dominik said of the beloved movie star to The Hollywood Reporter. “And if you don’t show them that, it upsets them.”

Dominik went on to say that those criticizing the film, based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel of the same name, must have felt that their memories of the actress, who died in 1962 at the age of 36, were being misused of a drug overdose.

“Which is kind of strange, because she’s dead. The movie somehow doesn’t make any difference,” Dominik said. “What they really mean is that the movie exploited their memory of her, their image of her, which is fair enough. But that’s the whole idea of ​​the movie. It tries to take the iconography of her life and put it in the service of something else, it tries to take things you’re familiar with and turn the meaning inside out. But that’s what they don’t want to see.”

Despite the negative feedback, Dominik clarified that he was actually “really happy” that the film “outraged so many people” as he deems it the artist’s responsibility to evoke passionate reactions with their work. He wrote that until coming of age in the 1980s, when “offending your audience was a solemn duty, to get them out of their complacency about things.”

Dominik, who claimed that “tens of millions of people” have watched the film on Netflix, concluded by saying he believes the American film is becoming “more conservative”. He compared the current state of cinema to bedtime stories and explained that people want a story with a predictable ending.

“I don’t want to make bedtime stories,” he concluded.

Blond has sparked significant controversy over the NC-17 rating and their handling of rape, abortion, and miscarriage. In October, model and author Emily Ratajkowski called out the film in a TikTok post, saying it was responsible for “the fetishism of female pain,” Yahoo Entertainment previously reported.

“So I’ve heard a lot about this Marilyn Monroe movie, Blond, which I haven’t seen yet, but I’m not surprised to hear that it’s another movie where female pain is fetishized, even in death,” Ratajkowski explained to the camera. “We love to fetishize female pain. Look at Amy Winehouse. Look at Britney Spears. Look at the way we obsess [Princess] Diana’s death. Look how obsessed we are with dead girls and serial killers. View each CSI episode, and it’s this crazy fetishization of female pain and death.”

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