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Tropic of Cancer (1970)

NC-17 | | Biography, Drama | 27 February 1970 (USA)
The film depicts the adventures of expatriate American writer Henry Miller and his friends, as they pursue art, money, food, and sex in Paris.

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David Baur ...
Carl
Laurence Lignières ...
Ginette (as Laurence Lignères)
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Van Norden
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Vite Cheri
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The Princess
Raymond Gérôme ...
M. Le Censeur
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Madame Hamilton
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Elsa
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Tania
Gladys Berry ...
American Lady
George Birt ...
Sylvester
Stuart De Silva ...
Ranji
Steve Eckardt ...
Cronstadt (as Steve Eckhardt)
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Henry is an ex-pat in Paris, cadging drinks and meals and places to sleep, giving advice about women to clueless men, flirting with the wives of acquaintances, burning bridges, and making philosophical observations. In vignettes we see his wife Mona come to Paris and leave immediately when she tastes Henry's vagabond life; he tries teaching English at a school in Dijon, takes the son of a wealthy Indian to a bordello, gets a job as a proofreader at the Herald Tribune, and helps out a pal who's in and out of an asylum and deeply in love with a whore. Can Henry make his own discovery of ecstasy? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Biography | Drama

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Rated NC-17 for strong language and sex-related dialogue | See all certifications »

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Along with the English-language Danish film Quiet Days in Clichy (1970), the first film to contain the word "cunt" in its dialogue. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Henry Miller: This, then, this is not a movie. This is a libel, slander, defamation of character, a prolonged insult, a gob of spit in the face of art, a kick in the pants to God, man, destiny, time, love, beauty, what you will. I'm going to sing for you. A little off-key perhaps, but I will sing. I will sing while you croak. I will dance over your dirty corpse.
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Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »

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Frölicher Landmann (The Happy Farmer)
from "Album für die Jugend (The Album for the Young), Op.68"
Composed by Robert Schumann
(At the scene when Henry recollects Tania)
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Rambling look at an author and his conquests
25 August 2002 | by (Hollywood, ca) – See all my reviews

Amazingly enough, Rip Torn's slightly off beat personality pretty much carries this film through. He seems to have a "joie de vivre" that seems to perfectly capture the attitude of an american expatriate in Paris. Mostly he fantasizes about older (35+) woman and his real or imagined conquests of them. A few young girls would have helped this film immensely (See "Tales of Ordinary Madness").

The older actresses were all very good and spewed forth sexuality, despite their "advanced" years.

I am sorry I did not see this when it first came out.


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