Netflix: deprived of release for years, is this film too sulfurous for the platform? – Cinema news

Filmed largely in 2019, the biopic of Marilyn Monroe with Ana de Armas in the skin of the icon is slow to be released on Netflix. But why?

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Before exploding in the skin of the James Bond Girl Paloma in Dying can wait, Ana de Armas had shot a biopic of Marilyn Monroe under the direction of Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford). Produced for Netflix, this feature film has still not been put online, causing many rumors about it.

Outrageous sex scenes?

It would indeed seem that the first assembly delivered contained far too crude intimate scenes. According to indiscretions by often well-informed journalist Jordan Ruimy, published on World of Reel in August 2021, Netflix was horrified by highly graphic sex scenes, including a “very bloody cunnilingus during menstruation“, but also “a rape sequence“.

Last February, Andrew Dominik had nevertheless denied the rumor of this bloody cunnilingus but had admitted that Blonde was a “demanding movie“.”If the public doesn’t like it, that’s their problem. It is not made to please everyone“, he added in this interview with Screen Daily.

It has since been confirmed that the biopic would be the first Netflix original film to be banned for ages 17 and older. A classification that suits the director, however, who recently assured Collider : “Netflix lets me release whatever movie I wanted to make, and even with the 17+ ban, I think that’s pretty cool.“What put an end to the noises of corridors of artistic differences between him and the platform.


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Ana de Armas on the set of Blonde.

A release in September?

In this same interview, the filmmaker clarified that the filming of Blonde had actually been completed in July 2021 and that it could not be presented at the Venice Film Festival last year because “it took a while to mount it“, like all his films. And while he will not be able to go to the Croisette this year either, the New Zealander is now aiming for a release at the time of the next Venice Film Festival in September.

A nightmarish tragedy

Andrew Dominik also took the opportunity to provide details on the feature film, which he describes as “a film for all the unloved children in the world“. And to add: “It’s like Citizen Kane and Raging Bull had a daughter.He also said of him:

It uses all the imagery you’ve seen of Marilyn Monroe, the movies, the photos from her life. But he changes the meaning of all these things according to his inner drama. So it’s a kind of film about the unconscious, in a way.

And it is a tragedy. It’s kind of like an unwanted child becoming the most wanted woman in the world and having to deal with it, and how confusing it is. It’s kind of a nightmare. It’s like being in a car without brakes. She just goes faster and faster.

Enough to give viewers a little more desire to discover this long-awaited feature film that Ana de Armas had designated as “the most intense work she had ever done” in an interview with Entertainment Weekly in 2019.

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