How did a movie about Marilyn Monroe end up as Netflix’s first NC-17 release?

Netflix movie Marilyn Monroe trailer details Blonde What may surprise some viewers is the NC-17 rating at the end. The movie is clearly artistically shot, and appears to have an intensely dramatic tone, but in other ways, it could carry over into the tragic traditional celebrity life story. What has earned it the toughest adult-only MPA rating – a first for any Netflix movie?

Blonde Written and directed by Andrew Dominic, an Australian filmmaker who made his name with the 2000 crime thriller alternator Brad Pitt elegiac western starring, The assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford. The relentless Dominic is much admired by peers such as David Fincher, who hired him to direct several episodes of Mindhunter. But Dominic hasn’t had much commercial success yet, and has sometimes struggled to get films made on his terms.

Blonde Not a straightforward autobiography of Monroe, but a highly fictionalized version of her story, based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates. Dominic has been trying to make it since 2010. The book contains some shocking graphic scenes, and Dominic seems to have insisted on including them in his film.

BlondeStarring Cuban actress Ana de Armas.Take out the knivesAnd the No time to die) as Monroe, filmed in 2019. According to reports, it was originally scheduled for release in 2021 before Netflix delayed it until 2022. No reason was given for the delay, but rumors swirled that Netflix had contested some of the film’s most extreme content. and was considering readjusting it to avoid the NC-17 rating.

These rumors were eventually confirmed, more or less, by an interview Dominic gave to Screen Daily in February 2022.

Dominic mocked the idea that the film showed a bloody scene depicting menstruation cunnilingus as “fun” and untrue. But he confirmed it Blonde Features a rape scene from Oates’ book. This is likely the scene behind the NC-17 rating, which the MPA attributes to “some sexual content.”

Dominic said Netflix “insisted” on bringing in a new editor, Jennifer Lame (marriage storyAnd the tenet), “to curb excesses of film”. But looking at the rating, it looks like Netflix has given up and Dominik has gotten his hands on an undiluted version of the movie. He admitted that Netflix had issues with the film’s content, but praised the operator for supporting its launch anyway. “It’s much easier to support things when you want them to. It’s more difficult when you don’t. I have nothing but gratitude for Netflix.”

Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe in Blonde

Photo: Netflix

NC-17 movie ratings are incredibly rare. Only a handful of films over the past decade have earned the rating, according to the MPA’s Rating and Rating Management website. Some movies including recent releases like spiralAnd the King’s manAnd the midsummerwas initially hit by the rating, but was re-amended and resubmitted to the MPA to secure a more theater-friendly R rating.

The NC-17 rating is less harmful to Netflix than it is to a traditional movie studio. Although this rating severely restricts the film’s distribution and marketing in theaters, it will have little impact on the streaming platform, where the homepage is Netflix’s main marketing tool. In the past, it wasn’t hard to find extreme content on Netflix, like Gaspar NoĆ©’s frank and unclassified erotic drama. the love, Which was a big hit there. However, it seems that the studio was very sensitive about Blonderating, perhaps considering the film’s close alignment with its brand as a Netflix Original.

Speaking to Screen Daily, Dominic was characteristically unrepentant. He said the movie “wouldn’t have ended” had it not been for #MeToo, “because no one was interested in that kind of bullshit – what it’s like to be an unloved girl, what it’s like to go through a Hollywood meat grinder” – a clear justification for her consistent portrayal of Monroe suffering from Maltreatment. While describing the NC-17 rating as “a bunch of horses,” Dominic embraced it as a badge of the film’s lack of compromise.

“It’s a demanding movie,” he said. “If the audience doesn’t like it, that’s the audience’s damn problem. It’s not running for public office. It’s an NC-17 movie about Marilyn Monroe, it’s kind of what you want, right? I want to go and see an NC-17 version of the Marilyn Monroe story.”

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