Feature film starring Ana de Armas arrives on Netflix on September 28.
When it comes to biographical productions about major celebrities, there is always controversy involved. Whether it’s Patrizia Regianni’s haunting pressure on Lady Gaga in Casa Gucci or Princess Diana’s spiritual connection with Kristen Stewart in Spencer, fiction and reality can come together in works about the life of some famous personality portrayed in film.
blonde, starring Ana de Armas, is also one of those cases. The Netflix film, previously described as “too scandalous to release”, tells the pains and struggles of Marilyn Monroe with little fidelity to real events. The intention of the work is to convey the feelings of loneliness and trauma of the famous actress.
In one of the film’s heaviest sequences, Marilyn is being raped by former US President John F. Kennedy in 1962. The scene begins with the actress passed out taking sleeping pills on board an airplane, awakened by a stewardess. upon arriving in New York. There, she is greeted by a pair of Secret Service agents, who take her to the politician’s room.
In the man’s quarters, her head is forced against the politician’s genitals, while the actress is cursed by him. Afterwards, the rape scene continues to the end, lasting over a minute and a half, with Marilyn begging herself not to cough, choke or vomit.
The moment was described by critics with adjectives such as “tense, disturbing, extremely uncomfortable and sensational” (Vulture magazine), and “creepy” (Daily Beast). Meanwhile, viewers said the scene is “sick and unnecessary”. vent on Twitter, one of the netizens complained:
The graphic rape scene in Blonde is not about the art. It’s to invent fantasies of a dead woman who once said not to make a joke of her.
On the other hand, the director of blonde, Andrew Dominik, disagrees with these views. “It’s controversial. It’s a demanding film — it is what it is, says what it says. And if the public doesn’t like it, that’s the public’s problem. It’s not running for public office,” he said in an interview with the international press.
blonde arrives on Netflix on September 28 and, in addition to Ana de Armas, the cast includes Bobby Cannavale, Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson and Sara Paxton.