Blonde (Andrew Dominik)

Started by Capote, September 15, 2019, 04:55:14 AM

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Andrew Dominik has spent the better half of the decade trying to get his Marilyn Monroe biopic off the ground and, thanks to Netflix, it's now becoming a reality. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford director found his star in Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049, Knives Out, Wasp Network) this past spring and now production is getting underway in Los Angeles.

THR has details on the full cast which includes two of Monroe's husbands–Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller and Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio–as well as Julianne Nicholson, Caspar Phillipson, Toby Huss, Sara Paxton, David Warshofsky, Lily Fisher, Evan Williams, and Xavier Samuel. Cinematographer Chayse Irvin (BlacKkKlansman) has also come on board to shoot the film.

Based on the Joyce Carol Oates novel, Dominik told us, "Blonde's interesting because it has very little dialogue in it. My previous three movies have relied on a lot of talking and I don't think there's a scene in Blonde that's longer than two pages. I'm really excited about doing a movie that's an avalanche of images and events. It's just a different way. It's a different thing for me to do. And the main character is female. My films are fairly bereft of woman and now I'm imagining what it's like to be one."
Nah fuck this. I have a choice between shit with the FBI or Getting my fucking IP leaked? you guys are fucked. im not leaking shit. leak my fucking IP, Im done




Thanks, Kim Kardashian! You've finally freed Blonde and Monroe's dress from its stitches!



The movie looks great, and Ana de Armas is genuinely a tremendously talented actor, but it's hilarious how there were all these articles and interviews dating back to last year (an example here) about how she spent nine grueling months of voice training and dialect coaching and ADR to perfect her Marilyn voice, and we finally get to hear it and it's just... Ana de Armas' voice and accent with a dash of Marilyn Monroe in it.

Honestly, I prefer this to the weird Frank Caliendo level impersonation Natalie Portman was doing in the Jackie Kennedy movie, but it cracks me up how hard the marketing was trying to get out ahead of the voice reveal when they should have just embraced it from the beginning. "Marilyn sounds Cuban now, what are you gonna do about it?"
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I stopped caring about accent work in movies. The more actors try to imitate, the more mannered the performance is. And I knew Ana would never pull this off, so I just already wrote it off. Fassbender looks and sounds nothing like Steve Jobs but was great in that film

I'm more worried about the movie being a mess or tasteless. Dominik is a blow hard but he's made a banger with Jesse James. Killing Them Softly didn't live up to that so we'll see wheee this lands


Killing Them Softly has grown on me since it first came out. Dominik's style, or his use of style toward theme, clicks with me much more than James Gray. They seem to be a similar wheelhouse of arthouse-with-a-budget (the mid-budget film?). 


Killing Them Softly is a masterpiece and I won't hear a word to the contrary.
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I remember loving Jesse James back in the day, but the trailer makes this look quite on-the-nose imho. Hopefully the movie is richer and more elusive than just 'Marilyn Monroe was sad really'.


Complementary reading
cited from Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe, by Anthony Summers

Content warning, grim stuff; as to the varied abuse and manipulations of powerful men against Norma Jeane / Marilyn Monroe. But it's seeming like the film may depict a bit of this per its rating and source material.


back when this project was announced, and running with oates's early endorsement of the rough cut, i posited that this could see dominik realizing his full potential. i haven't seen the nick cave docs, but his work has always been worthwhile but never achieved the sweet spot of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts for me. 
blown away by Blonde.  Mouchette by way of Inland Empire.  dominik's magnum opus.  ana de armas is as extraordinary as the hype suggests.  for as draining and devastating as it is, i cannot wait to revisit. 


I'm seeing this Wednesday at The Paris! Very excited. And I really cannot recommend the Nick Cave docs highly enough. They're extraordinary.


i'll check em out for sure.  the score for Blonde is perfection.