andrew dominic‘s “Blond” is one of the most important Fall movies for several reasons. For one thing, it’s Dominik’s first feature film since 2012.”Kill them softly.” “Blonde” is also a project that has been a long time in the making, fourteen years in the making to finally reach the public. It is also a great role for Anne of Arms What marilyn monroeone of the most famous movie stars in history.
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And then there’s the fact that “Blonde” boasts an NC-17 rating, the first in NetflixThe story of such a harsh rating usually spells doom for a movie’s success, but Netflix has backed the movie ever since that rating was first announced. And in a new interview with Deadline, Dominik refuted rumors that Netflix got anxious after the NC-17 rating and thought about selling it. “Well no, the movie wouldn’t exist without Netflix,” Dominik said. “No, no one else would pay for that except Netflix. They were the ones who were brave enough to take it on. But we’re in a time period that’s all over the place, so naturally there were some anxieties.”
Given that Netflix was brave enough to take on “Blonde,” it’s no surprise that, despite some qualms, they also backed the film after its harsh rating. And from what Dominik told Deadline, Netflix also supported her creative vision even though it didn’t technically deliver the movie he promised. “In the end, they were completely supportive of what I wanted to do, to the point where I signed a paper saying I would turn in an R-rated movie,” Dominik continued. “I think everyone realized that the NC-17 rating would hurt the movie. But they have supported the version of the film that I did and you can’t ask for more than that. It’s the only film I’ve ever done where I haven’t had to compromise.”
However, what does this predict about future Netflix projects? Will the streamer make exceptions for other movies in the future that are a bit more extreme than a typical R-rated movie? Thanks to its lackluster earnings and subscriber loss this year, there are rumors that Netflix is simplifying a lot of things internally, emphasizing quality over quantity. Does supporting the auteur vision of Dominik and other “Blonde”-like films fit into Netflix’s changing business model? It’s an interesting question, especially when you consider Netflix’s relationship with other directors and their creativity, such as Ryan Johnson Y “knives out.”
In any case, Dominik’s Deadline interview confirms that “Blonde” is and always will be a Netflix movie, NC-17 rating and all. Without the streamer’s involvement, the movie would likely never have been made. “Blonde” begins streaming on Netflix on September 28.