On September 23, the long-awaited Andrew Dominic-directed adaptation of Joyce Carroll Oates’ bestselling “Golo”, about the disappointing life of Norma Jean Baker starring as Marilyn Monroe, will be released on Netflix, and will probably premiere worldwide before that at the Venice Film Festival. Oates has already watched the film and approved it, he revealed during a discussion at 21st Neuchâtel Intl. Great Film Festival in Switzerland.
“Andrew Dominic is a very talented director. I think he managed to show Norma Jean Baker’s experience from his perspective, rather than from the outside, the man looking at the woman. He immersed himself in her perspective,” Oates said.
In her novel, published in 2000, Oates explores the phenomenon of Marilyn Monroe losing her own identity by becoming a product exploited by the weak Norma Jean Baker. “He made a name for himself in the world, but it’s not an identity that you can live with. He’s one who has made a lot of money for many men, but not much for himself. When he died, at 36, he had enough money for a proper funeral. No, “Oates said.
The “Blonde” teaser shows Norma Jean Baker working with her makeup artist, Marilyn Monroe waiting for her to come in her mirror, and she’s afraid she won’t come. “It always took her hours to convert to Marlin,” Oates said. “Anna de Armas, the wonderful actress who played her, I think it took four hours to put on her makeup. So when you see them on screen, they don’t really exist. It’s like a fantastic image, but it’s a good bit of pain to make a living The deal is to endure. As Marilyn gets older, she was still given these roles played by the young Starlet, and she was feeling humiliated. You can’t continue playing this dumb blonde at 40. Some people say she committed suicide. I need it. I don’t think he’s dead, like he’s in despair.
Oates, who came to the festival to serve as chairman of the International Jury, has written more than 150 novels and short stories in a career spanning more than 60 years. She is a multi-finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, a five-time winner of the Bram Stoker Prize, and established herself as a ruthless observer of American society. She is very active on Twitter, with over 136,000 tweets, and is a staunch opponent of Donald Trump.
Next month, her new work “Babysitter”, based on a serial killer living in the Detroit area, will hit the shelves. The novel explores the feelings of fear and anxiety felt in the midst of the experience, not looking back at it. “I want to chart emotions and how people cope and interact with each other over a period of time where you have a state of suspended anxiety before you come to the end of something.”
At NIFFF, the famous author gave insights into the way he works. At 84, she still teaches creative writing at Princeton University. “Before you actually start writing, think, daydream, meditate, walk alone to think about what you do,” she advised.
She starts writing by herself every morning after running or walking for an hour. “When I’m running, I think about the scenes that are unfolding, I imagine the interaction. You can build an entire novel like this before you write anything.”
Another piece of advice he gives to his students is to start with short lessons. “Every time you finish a lesson that you know is good, you feel happy, you have a sense of accomplishment. A novel can be a burden because it takes years and years before you finish it and somehow it can pull you down. “A lot of writers tend to be depressed and depressed, so you have to be aware of that.”
She told Variety about her sadness at not being able to tell so many stories that she feared she would never be able to write. “Like many writers, I have folders and drawers full of outlines, sketches and thousands of pages of notes. I have novels that I find very promising, all plotted in detail, but I don’t have time to write them. I can only do one thing at a time. I have more work to do than live to write and it makes me feel bad. ”
Noting that this is her first visit to Switzerland, she said: “I am impressed and delighted to be in Switzerland, first of all because it is a civilized country, and it is amazing and original for anyone living in the US, especially for the President since 2016. With, and our entire society has become very deeply polarized, ”Oates said.
“Since 2016 it has become very clear that there are two U.S. states, so it was no surprise that the Supreme Court overturned Rowe v. Wade in June,” she told Variety. “The United States has been very chaste and punitive towards women. The 18th and 19th centuries have a history of treating women as second-class citizens rather than as fully human beings. There has always been prejudice against women, so it is only natural in the United States to pass laws to control them.” But some think we’ve gone beyond the 1960s, that we were very educated, but we have a complicated situation in a country where the minority people with evangelical Christians have unequal power. ”
She said the elderly minority is in decline, so it has been very militant lately. Oates is very optimistic about the younger generation: “In the United States, liberals, black people, women, immigrants, transgender, gay and lesbian people have a good deal of bigotry in a few quarters, a large group feared by white minorities. Christian evangelicals. So I’m optimistic about the future. There will be more immigrants and more children will be born from educated people, there will be more education. Education is the key! So eventually, I think the majority will be stronger, and it will swing towards more liberal politics again. More. ”
When asked about religion, Catholic-atheist writers were equally clear: it naturally interests the skeptical writer only as a psychological and historical phenomenon. “As I got older, I began to think that organized religion was a way of controlling people’s minds and manipulating them so that they could accept something about a reality they shouldn’t accept.”
In “A Book of American Martyrs” published in 2017, Oates, himself in favor of choice, skillfully addressed the subject of abortion, and exposed the anti-abortionist evangelical Luther Dunfi and the anti-abortionist physician Augustus Wurhis. The killer and his victim, as well as their daughters. Putting himself so brilliantly on the skin of his characters is one of the many talents of the upstate New York-born writer.
“There is no difference in writing from the point of view of a man or a woman, a child or an old person,” she says. “The challenge for the writer is to find enough original language for the writer’s interest. The challenge for the artist is to challenge himself, so I have to find a different language for each novel. Language is the challenge.”
In interviews, Oates often described herself as a person with no personality, saying she was “as transparent as a glass of water.” In her work, she seeks different perspectives and refuses to write on her own. “I like to hold a mirror in the world, observe other people and explore inside experiences. I don’t make decisions. I don’t care about putting my own shadow on things. I’m more interested in reflecting the complexity of reality,” she told Neuttel. If there was a situation, I would like to explore all aspects of it, but only one approach that is my own. ”
Similarly, the question of writing the story of his life never arises. “I don’t have a story,” he insisted. “We don’t have one. A day or an hour can be a complete story in your life. I didn’t want to write about myself. I’m very interested in others. “
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