The Ending Of Blonde Explained


In the warped reality of “Blonde,” Norma Jeane is so thoroughly and ubiquitously objectified that men are often surprised she can think. Arthur Miller is initially very condescending and skeptical when she compares the title character of his play “Magda” to a character in Anton Checkov’s “Three Sisters.” In one of the movie’s rare moments of human connection, his initial chauvinism soon gives way to awe-struck tears when Norma Jeane makes another observation about the character’s illiteracy that hadn’t even occurred to him, the playwright. Though his attitude toward her is still paternalistic, he’s the rare character who appears to respect her mind.

As her life deteriorates years later, Norma Jeane clings to the idea that she has something more to offer than her body. “It isn’t sexual, between the president and me,” she murmurs to the grim-faced Secret Service agents who pick her up in 1962, just before they literally pick her up and carry her “like meat” to a waiting JFK (Caspar Phillipson, who also played the former President in “Jackie”), who doesn’t even bother to get off the phone. In the most callously explicit part of the movie (likely the scene most responsible for the NC-17 rating), it’s clear that the President (and by extension, America) considers Norma Jeane nothing more than a body.

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