New footage from Marilyn Monroe NC-17 biopic is stunning

Images published Vanity Fair On Wednesday, July 27, some behind-the-scenes moments from the filming of “Blonde” will be shown, as well as footage from the film itself. The most stunning of these shows Ana de Armas in separate photographs alongside two of her top co-stars, Adrien Brody and Bobby Cannavale, who play two of Marilyn Monroe’s most famous husbands, playwright Arthur Miller and Yankee baseball great Joe DiMaggio.

In one deep shot, Marilyn de Armas can be seen standing with Miller Brody along the fence line. She is the living embodiment of melancholy, looking both happy and broken inside. “I saw an opportunity to describe adulthood through the lens of childhood misguided beliefs and trauma,” director Andrew Dominick told Vanity Fair. In the same photo, Miller Brody looks at Marilyn with childlike wonder.

In real life, Miller and Monroe knew each other for a long time before they married in 1956 (via biography). They divorced in 1961, just a year before Marilyn’s death. Following their divorce, Miller publicly described how he felt Hollywood and fame “destroyed” the 36-year-old model-turned-actress and ultimately led to her death. In a public essay for fans, Miller said, “She’s been destroyed by a lot of things, and some of those things are you” (via Mirror).

Another important shot released by Vanity Fair is a shot of de Armas sitting on a bookshelf with DiMaggio Cannavale as they are guided by Dominique. The scene is a replica of the famous duo’s photo taken while Monroe’s leg was in a cast. Dominic can be seen holding a photo as he directs de Armas and Cannavale. This is a perfect example of how precise and important the director of Kill ‘Em Softly will be with the attention to detail in Blonde.

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