Andrew Dominik, director of Blonde, on Netflix: “Marilyn is a little figurine lost in a hostile world!”

“Ana has, like Marilyn, this beautiful sensual aura that would almost make you blush on screen,” says Andrew Dominik (here with actress Ana de Armas). Matt Kennedy/NETFLIX

INTERVIEW – At 54, the director of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and of Cogan: Killing Them Softly hadn’t been talked about for ten years. In his daring, superb and chilling film, he blazes with a disturbing Ana de Armas in the role of Marilyn Monroe.

Screened at the Venice Film Festival, then in Deauville, Blonde hair, by New Zealand filmmaker Andrew Dominik, is available on Netflix from this Wednesday, September 28.

LE FIGARO. – How did you go about revealing the dark side of Marilyn Monroe?

Andrew DOMINIK. – I have wanted to adapt Joyce Carol Oates’ book, which is a cobblestone of more than a thousand pages, for fifteen years. Above all, I wanted to detail the drama of Marilyn’s childhood. Explore the origin of her personality, the fact of having been an unwanted child. Marilyn was a little girl raised by a completely crazy mother, with a non-existent father. This trauma will create in her the fierce desire to
permanently seduce, even if it means living in a sort of dream… or a waking nightmare.

Is that why you cut your heroine in two, on one side Norma Jeane, on the other Marilyn?

Yes. To make up for being unwanted, Norma Jeane created an idealized self, dubbed “Marilyn Monroe.” This ideal me…

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