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Filmmaker Toolkit Episode 169: Andrew Dominik on “Blonde” “Acid Trip”

Writer-director Andrew Dominic wrapped his adaptation of Joyce Carroll Otter’s novel The Blonde in about 4 weeks – then waited 12 years for a chance to deliver it to the big screen . “I’ve sworn off numerous instances of ‘Blonde,'” Dominic told IndieWire. “You need to let go of the rattling factor when it breaks your heart, but it’s not going to leave me alone at all.” That wrestling resulted in Dominic’s most daring and philosophical film, but if Your discussion of the guy who directed coward Robert Ford to assassinate Jesse James and kill them tenderly actually says one thing.Dominic’s long pregnancy may have been torture, but the result is an epic study of trauma and Hollywood’s use of it, impeccably calibrated in every photo, sound and efficiency; the film has a pure and perfect, which could all come from a director who has had such lengthy Time to let it marinate.

Not that Dominic is about perfection. “I don’t think it’s perfect,” he said. “I think imperfection reveals the truth.” So Dominic’s work with the actor is exploratory, not prescriptive. “It’s a discovery technique, that’s where you actually take the photo, and the actor discovers one thing.” Blonde’s performance is always great, but this movie definitely belongs to Marilyn, played by Ana de Armas. Monroe. She embodies this function so well, both emotionally and physically, that the reenactment of iconic images and scenes in the film makes viewers double-check to make sure they don’t appear to be seeing the exact Monroe. “She was always taller than I thought. I mean, I couldn’t have made this movie in 45 days without her because she was the rock it needed to work on.”

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“45 Days” is a surprisingly quick shot, considering the vastness and boldness of “The Blonde,” spanning a long period of time, filled with historical elements and a rich filming area, many of which were 20th-century inhabitants familiar. The century has consumed mass media. Dominic’s tight schedule has paid off. “It’s not so boring anymore,” he said. “I’ve done your 15-minute dialogue sequence after 15 minutes of dialogue and you start to get bored. It has to do with having to go with your gut, especially for the crew. I try to give up a lot of digital camera journaling, and in It’s amazing that they simply throw in before they’re done and they instinctively perform well. You get a spotlight that doesn’t know what an actor is going to do, and once they don’t know what’s going to happen next, they usually focus pretty well force. Then take them once below Do Know what to expect, they’re not that good. “

“I believe this form of panic actually provides a visceral, high-quality format for the film,” Dominic added. “I want to put pressure on people as much as being behind a digital camera because I believe they work better. One thing is raw and real. I mean shooting a shot where you have 75 days to shoot A movie like Jesse James is good. But that’s also good. “Blonde” is like a trip to psychedelics. Every day, you look back on the day and ask yourself, “What am I going to do now?” I have not received it yet. And then you’re definitely going to get by in some way because there’s an urgency to the whole thing.I think explain [to the finished film]. “

The movie craze sparked by Dominic’s tactics has divided critics and audiences alike with hatred, admiration, and everything in between (though it seems almost as if De Armas’ effectiveness received consistent returns). For Dominic, the reaction to the film has to do with why Monroe continues to be such an important part of the public’s creativity. “I believe Marilyn Monroe represents a rescue fantasy,” he said. “There’s this urge behind most articles about her: ‘I actually know her, I know her.’ You know this in Norman Mailer’s ebook, you know this in Gloria Steinem’s ebook A bit, and Blonde isn’t all that different. I’m sure she’s interested in that strong desire to save a lot, and maybe this dark side can be a punitive fantasy. I don’t think it’s a big factor – if you trying to save someone, they probably should be saved she. I mean that’s what the movie does. Basically, that’s the person in the movie that no one else understands, but we, the audience, perceive it all and need we might simply step in, or we hope they might find out, or we hope they might see that she is What. It’s always thwarted and denied. I’m sure those who don’t just enjoy the film will observe the same intuitions, they need to defend them.you need to protect them I, even those who love Anna don’t just love the movie, they need to save her from this horrible movie! So I really feel like, in a sense, that’s a measure of the profitability of this movie. “

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Filmmaker’s Toolkit Episode 169: Andrew Dominik on ‘The Blonde’ ‘Acid Journey’

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