Blonde, the long-awaited adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’s novel, had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival yesterday. The gala screening ended with a 14-minute standing ovation from the audience. Critics were divided, however, with some hailing it as a cinematic tour de force, and others decrying the fictional biopic as exploitation of Marilyn’s legacy – or even, perhaps, both. Directed by Andrew Dominik and starring Ana de Armas, Blonde is set for release on September 28, via streaming giant Netflix. Until then, you can read a selection of reviews on the aggregator website Metacritic.
UPDATE: Blonde had its US premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on September 13. As a starstruck child, Norma Jeane saw movies at the former Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and would later sign her name in cement on the forecourt. Leading lady Ana de Armas appeared at the screening wearing another Marilyn-inspired gown by Louis Vuitton.