Aafter starring roles in numerous blockbuster hits such as Out of the knives, No time to dieand The gray manAna de Armas will play the role of Marilyn Monroe in Russiana dramatized look at the famous actor’s life. Russianbased on a novel by Joyce Carol Oates, is an adaptation of a fictional version of the beloved star’s life and joins a large collection of films and documentaries made about Monroe.
Releases September 23rd on Netflix, following a limited theatrical release, Russian will be the first Netflix original to receive an NC-17 rating due to “known sexual content.” De Armas said the rating was unfounded. Here’s everything you need to know about what Blonde’s NC-17 rating means to the film.
What does an NC-17 rating mean?
Movie ratings come from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPA), which was established as the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America in 1922 by the major motion picture studios. MPPDA President Will Hayes and the rest of the organization then drew up a set of strict but vague rules that became known as the “Hayes Code,” which set the precedent for the rating system we use today. Films produced under the Hays Code “lower the moral standards of those who watch it” and place specific emphasis on “crime, wrongdoing, evil or sin.”
The rating system was introduced in 1968, classifying films as G, M, R, or X. Over time, M became PG, and in 1984, director Steven Spielberg proposed a PG-13 rating, depending on how the MPA classified what is suitable for different audiences. Until 1990, films that did not allow children under the age of 17 were rated “X”. But in the 1980s, the pornography industry also began using the “X” rating because the MPA did not copyright the symbol, leading to X rated movies is more difficult to market. Because theaters wouldn’t book them and video stores wouldn’t stock X-rated movies, the rating was later changed to NC-17.
NC-17 films are rare compared to more digestible R-rated titles. They allow fewer people in theaters to see the film, making it harder for NC-17-rated films to win — meaning the rating has earned the nickname “the kiss of death”. The most popular movie rated NC-17 is from 1995 Showgirls, which returned $20.4 million from its $45 million budget. The last film to receive a rating was from 2013 Blue is the warmest color.
Why Russian received an NC-17 rating
RussianThe NC-17 rating has caused a lot of buzz – especially for what it means for the film. The MPA cited “some sexual content” in making the rating.
In February, Russian said director Andrew Dominick ScreenDaily that the film will include a “graphic rape scene”. It is also said to include a vaginal photo from the point of view. Speaking with ScreenDaily, Dominik called the rating “a bunch of bullshit.” He said, “It is a demanding film. “If the audience doesn’t like it, that’s the fucking audience’s problem. He is not running for public office.
His tune changed in May when he spoke to Vulture, telling the publication that he was “surprised” by the rating. “I thought we colored inside the lines,” Dominic said, adding: “It’s just a weird time. It’s not like images of happy sexuality. These are images of situations that are ambiguous. And Americans are really weird when it comes to sexual behavior, don’t you think? I do not know why.”
How did Ana de Armas respond to the rating?
De Armas objected to the NC-17 rating given Russian. “I didn’t understand why it happened,” she said L’Officiel magazine. “I can tell you a number of shows or movies that are much more explicit with much more sexual content than Russian.”
She noted that the moments shown in the film are important to the story unfolding in it Russian, and to understand Monroe as a cultural actor. “That had to be explained,” she said. “Everybody [in the cast] we knew we had to go to uncomfortable places. I wasn’t the only one.”
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