Blonde: the Marilyn by Netflix

You may have read that it was a “disturbing” film. You may have heard that some scenes were “shocking”. You may have heard of it and had controversy surrounding the supposed betrayal/exploitation of Marilyn Monroe. But you must forget everything you have read, heard or learned.

The film blond, presented on Netflix, is a masterpiece, a magnificent, audacious, explosive realization and an eminently feminist film.


After the release of Andrew Dominik’s film, sensitive minds climbed the curtains denouncing a creepy or disrespectful film for Marilyn Monroe. On the contrary, I found it immensely poetic and pays a striking tribute to the resilience and intelligence of the actress.

Yes, there are scenes that challenge us. When the camera shows us a speculum being inserted into the vagina of the star, you will find it intrusive. But you know what? All her life Marilyn suffered from these “intrusions” into her privacy. So when a gynecological examination instrument gets into her private parts, it’s a great metaphor for all the “microaggressions” she’s been through.

blond is not a biography of Marilyn Monroe… in the same way as A line, by Valérie Lemercier, was not a biography of Céline. In both cases, a director and a director, we are talking about the idea they have of these extraordinary characters, larger than life.

Andrew Dominik in a not made film “about” Marilyn Monroe. He made a film about his idea of ​​Marilyn. It’s a kaleidoscope of impressions, flashes, stolen moments, offbeat images. It’s just because blond is not a portrait of Marilyn that it comes down to its essence. It’s not a smooth mirror held up in front of this woman’s beautiful face, it’s a broken mirror that allows us to see all the Marilyns.

So why did I tell you earlier that it’s a feminist film? Because Dominik constantly shows Norma Jeane as a frightened doe, surrounded by predators. We always know we are oppressed during the 2h45 of the film… because we live what the actress lived.

It’s a film that brilliantly demonstrates what English speakers call the bad gauze, this insistent, aggressive male gaze that undresses women. However, there is a completely imbecile American critic who accused a Dominik of having this humiliating look on Marilyn himself. Here’s someone who really didn’t understand anything.

Everything is brilliant in this film, starting with its title, taken from the book by Joyce Carol Oates.

“Blonde” perfectly illustrates the extent to which this woman who had a complex life, who wrote poems, who knew literature, who loved Chekhov, who had a rich and complex inner life, was reduced to a one-dimensional doll, reduced to a hair color, summed up in a hair symbol.


The film critic New York Times writes: “Given all the horror and trauma that Marilyn Monroe has gone through in 36 years of life, what a slowdown that she hasn’t had to bang the vulgarity of blond, the last necrophiliac diversion to the exploiter”.

What if, on the contrary, this audacious film, like a declaration of love, gave Marilyn back all her dignity?

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