An Australian filmmaker at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Saudi Arabia says Americans only want to see their icons as holiday icons. Because his vision didn’t do that, it caused a backlash, he said.
“We’re living in a time where it’s important to show women as empowered, and they’re trying to reinvent Marilyn Monroe as a strong woman. They want to see it,” says Dominic. “If you don’t show it to them, it hurts them.
“It’s very strange because he’s dead. The film makes no difference one way or the other,” he continued.
“They actually mean that the movie uses his memory, his character, which is fair enough. But that’s the whole point of the movie. It’s trying to take the iconography of his life and make it serve something else, he’s trying to take what you’re familiar with and turn the meaning inside out. But they don’t want to see it. “
Based on the Carol Oates novel of the same name, Joyce stars Ana de Armas as Monroe at various points in her life, including her rise and fall from stardom.
The Cuban-American actress has been slammed by viewers ever since she appeared in a short teaser trailer. Several complaints have been made about the Knives Out actress didn’t sound like a late bomb.
Monroe’s estate and producer Brad Pitt has backed de Armas, 34, saying he is “excited” to see her as Monroe.
The NC-17 film received lukewarm reviews, and de Armas was praised for becoming the star of Some It’s Hot.
Dominik initially warned that the film would “upset everyone”, while noting that the film had been watched by “tens of millions” on Netflix. Dominik blames the backlash on American films being “too conservative.”