Ana de Armas gives new life to Marilyn

The platform Netflix premieres on Wednesday one of his most ambitious film projects of the year: “Blonde”, the biography of Marilyn Monroeplayed by the Cuban actress Anne of Arms.

The 34-year-old actress’ performance electrified the Venice Film Festival in early September, though she didn’t win any awards.

Based on a novel by the American writer Joyce Carol Oates, the film lasts 2h45 and crudely portrays the rise to stardom and especially the mental problems of the blonde Hollywood star, who died at the age of 36.

The director is Andrew Dominik (“The Murder of Jesse James”).

No one gets off scot-free in this reinterpretation of the life of the platinum blonde, a fragile being in a misogynistic Hollywood. Not even then-President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who she portrays as a sexual predator, forcing Marilyn to fellate him while she’s on the phone.

Norma Jean’s (actress’s real name) husbands mistreated or scorned her, according to Carol Oates’ account.

Baseball star Joe DiMaggio is played by Bobby Carnavale, while the role of playwright Arthur Miller falls to Adrien Brody.

“It changed my life”

“Regardless of how the film will be received, Marilyn changed my life,” he confessed. Anne of Arms in Venice.

“I felt full of sadness knowing everything that happened to her, also as a woman, and I didn’t fight those feelings, I didn’t want to protect myself from it,” she explained.

The film evokes the shattered childhood of Marilyn, the daughter of a single mother with psychiatric problems, the absence of her father and later, the motherhood that never materialized for the actress.

Rated not suitable for children under 17 in the United States, the film can be seen by the nearly 220 million subscribers of Netflix and will not be screened in theaters cinema.

“Blonde” (Blonde) is one more step in the outstanding career of Anne of Armsa young woman who was born in the communist Cuba of Fidel Castro, began doing theater, went to Madrid at the age of 18 and then, in 2006, to the United States, where she has already played important roles, such as Ryan Gosling’s holographic lover in the second part of “Blade Runner” (“Blade Runner 2049”).

De Armas spent months preparing for the role, and although he received some criticism for his accent, his performance was widely praised in Venice.

In search of greater realism, the film was shot in the same house where Norma Jean grew up, before she spent a few years in the orphanage, and also in the house where she was found dead.

The film does not clear up the mystery surrounding that death, which was officially due to ingestion of barbiturates.

“His ashes are scattered all over Los Angeles,” said director Andre Dominik, who worked on the film for ten years, until Netflix agreed to finance it.

The film alternates black and white with color, and has a powerful soundtrack, thanks to rockers Warren Ellis and Nick Cave, among others.