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Henry & June (1990)

NC-17  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  5 October 1990 (USA)
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In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding her sexual horizons with her husband Hugo as well as with Henry and others. June ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugo Guiler
Richard Osborn
Jean-Philippe Écoffey ...
Eduardo Sanchez (as Jean-Philippe Ecoffey)
Bruce Myers ...
Juan Luis Buñuel ...
Publisher / Editor (as Jean-Luis Bunuel)
Spanish Dance Instructor (as Feodor Atkine)
Sylvie Huguel ...
Artus de Penguern ...
Henry's Friend No. 1
Pierre Edernac ...
Henry's Friend No. 2 - Magician
Gaëtan Bloom ...
Henry's Friend No. 3 - Magician (as Gaetan Bloom)
Alexandre De Gall ...
Henry's Friend No. 4 - Clown


In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding her sexual horizons with her husband Hugo as well as with Henry and others. June shuttles between Paris and New York trying to find acting jobs while Henry works on his first major work, "Tropic of Cancer," a pseudo-biography of June. Anais and Hugo help finance the book, but June is displeased with Henry's portrayal of her, and Anais and Henry have many arguments about their styles of writing on a backdrop of a Bohemian lifestyle in Paris. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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A True Adventure More Erotic Than Any Fantasy


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The film that Henry and Anais go to see is Un Chien Andalou (1929), a film by Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel . Bunuel's son, Juan Luis Buñuel, plays the publisher/editor in the film's opening scene. See more »


Henry Miller: Hell of a place you got here, Hugo. Peaceful. Been here long?
Hugo Guiler: Just since the crash.
Henry Miller: Since the crash? How did you live before?
Hugo Guiler: We lived well. This is Henry Miller, the American writer Osborn is putting up. My wife, Anais Nin.
Henry Miller: How are you, Anis?
Hugo Guiler: Eduardo Sanchez, Anais' cousin. Anais, you should read Henry's stuff.
Richard Osborn: For my money, he's got it over D.H. Lawrence.
AnaÔs Nin: I'd love to read your writing.
Richard Osborn: He hasn't been published yet.
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Nudity doesn't necessarily equate with eroticism
24 September 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

In 1931 Paris, French authoress Anaïs Nin, doing a study on D.H. Lawrence, finds herself intrigued by different variations of sexuality; she and her husband Hugo Guiler are drawn into friendship with Americans Henry Miller and his volatile bisexual wife, June. Miller, the unpublished New York writer just on the verge of a breakthrough with "Tropic of Cancer", sees Anaïs as a sexy child and has a half-hearted affair with her, but June Miller's feelings seem to go much deeper. Maria de Medeiros as Nin has a marvelous face and graceful manner that nearly manage to keep this handsome but unenlightening sexual odyssey together. Director Philip Kaufman hopes to be as uninhibited as his characters but, despite an NC-17 rating, his sexual sequences feel truncated (and when nudity is trotted out--as in the whorehouse sequence--it fails to stand in for true eroticism). Fred Ward, always worth a look, seems held back as Miller, restrained, and he's not helped by a bald plate which at times looks unconvincing; Uma Thurman has a smaller role as June, and Kaufman allows her to pose and smolder a bit too much, but she's looser on the screen and brings the narrative some much-needed danger. The picture has a lot of ambiance and is briskly paced and fancifully told, but it just doesn't succeed at being a risk-taking exploration of human sexuality simply because Kaufman takes so few risks. ** from ****

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