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Warning: This article contains major spoilers for "Blonde."Andrew Dominik's "Blonde," a fictional look at the trauma and tumult in the life of cinematic icon Marilyn Monroe, bears only a passing resemblance to reality. Instead, the film — which is an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' book of the same name — is an unending string of disappointments, degradations, humiliations, and pain. Over the course of 2 hours and 47 minutes, Marilyn is beaten, raped, lied to, cheated on, exploited, and more. It's a punishing watch.

If you strapped in for the 166-minute runtime of Andrew Dominik's "Blonde," a fictional interpretation of Marilyn Monroe based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates, odds are you don't want to stop thinking about it. Netflix's ambitious swing of a project, their first to earn an NC-17 rating, is meant to inspire passionate responses and generate vigorous debate. After all, a figure like Marilyn Monroe is big enough to warrant several interpretations."Blonde" is a relentlessly stylized look at the life and loss of Marilyn Monroe (Ana de Armas), immersing viewers in the world that consumed her.

If you strapped in for the 166-minute runtime of Andrew Dominik's "Blonde," a fictional interpretation of Marilyn Monroe based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates, odds are you don't want to stop thinking about it. Netflix's ambitious swing of a project, their first to earn an NC-17 rating, is meant to inspire passionate responses and generate vigorous debate. After all, a figure like Marilyn Monroe is big enough to warrant several interpretations."Blonde" is a relentlessly stylized look at the life and loss of Marilyn Monroe (Ana de Armas), immersing viewers in the world that consumed her.

If you strapped in for the 166-minute runtime of Andrew Dominik's "Blonde," a fictional interpretation of Marilyn Monroe based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates, odds are you don't want to stop thinking about it. Netflix's ambitious swing of a project, their first to earn an NC-17 rating, is meant to inspire passionate responses and generate vigorous debate. After all, a figure like Marilyn Monroe is big enough to warrant several interpretations."Blonde" is a relentlessly stylized look at the life and loss of Marilyn Monroe (Ana de Armas), immersing viewers in the world that consumed her.

1953 was an important year for Marilyn Monroe. She'd been appearing in films since 1947, but '53 is when she became a star. That year, she appeared in three films for 20th Century Fox and one of them stands tall as defining her legendary screen persona: director Howard Hawks' "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."Monroe plays Lorelei Lee, the titular blonde and one of the film's two co-leads; the other is her brunette best friend Dorothy Shaw (Jane Russell).

1953 was an important year for Marilyn Monroe. She'd been appearing in films since 1947, but '53 is when she became a star. That year, she appeared in three films for 20th Century Fox and one of them stands tall as defining her legendary screen persona: director Howard Hawks' "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."Monroe plays Lorelei Lee, the titular blonde and one of the film's two co-leads; the other is her brunette best friend Dorothy Shaw (Jane Russell).

How did Ana de Armas manage to channel Hollywood's most iconic starlet in "Blonde," Netflix's new movie about Ana de Armas? The actress is known for her roles in a variety of films, from the murder mystery "Knives Out," where she plays characters with a knack for concealment, to a recent Bond girl in "No Time to Die." But Marilyn Monroe may have been her biggest challenge yet. "Blonde" director Andrew Dominik told de Armas to keep one huge feeling totally under wraps for the entirety of the film.

How did Ana de Armas manage to channel Hollywood's most iconic starlet in "Blonde," Netflix's new movie about Ana de Armas? The actress is known for her roles in a variety of films, from the murder mystery "Knives Out," where she plays characters with a knack for concealment, to a recent Bond girl in "No Time to Die." But Marilyn Monroe may have been her biggest challenge yet. "Blonde" director Andrew Dominik told de Armas to keep one huge feeling totally under wraps for the entirety of the film.

Netflix has released a new trailer for the Marilyn Monroe film "Blonde" starring Ana de Armas ("Knives Out," "No Time to Die") in the lead role. Give yourself a moment to take in how shockingly similar de Armas looks to the legendary actress before you dive in. It's uncanny. "Blonde" is directed by Andrew Dominik ("The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," "Killing Them Softly"), who also adapted Joyce Carol Oates' novel of the same name.

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