Netflix’s Marilyn Monroe film Blonde starring Ana de Armas is now available to stream. Since it was first announced, Blonde has steadily been making waves, generating excitement for its position as Netflix’s first NC-17 original film.
Written and directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Mindhunter), Blonde is based on the 2000 novel by Joyce Carol Oates. However, the film is not a traditional biopic as it blurs the lines between fact and fiction blurs, Netflix said. It tells the story of how one woman, Norma Jeane Baker, became the incredibly popular celebrity Marilyn Monroe in the 50’s and 60’s.
Because of the blurring of fictional and non-fictional elements, de Armas said Rich about the summer: “It’s a film that’s meant to provoke controversy and uneasiness.” That’s a message she, Dominik, and Netflix have repeatedly released about the film. For example, it was announced prior to release that the film would contain a vaginal POV shot and also scenes showing conversations with a fetus. There’s also a scene of sexual assault by a studio boss. “It’s meant to make you think about what happened — and what’s still happening,” de Armas said. “It’s revolutionary and I think it’s so bold … Whether we were shooting an abortion scene, dealing with abuse, nudity, happy sex or unhappy sex, it’s so important to show the reality of it.”
Dominik said Blonde aims to “offend everyone” who sees it.
Alongside Blonde, de Armas will star in the John Wick spinoff Ballerina. She also recently spoke about the future of the James Bond series, saying Bond shouldn’t be played by a woman.
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