Henry & June (1990) Poster



Philip Kaufman actually met Anaïs Nin in 1962.
This movie precipitated the creation of the NC-17 MPAA rating, which it earned in place of an "X". The two to three second shot of Anais looking at an explicit illustrated postcard involving a Japanese woman and a squid, less than three minutes into the opening credits of the film, was the cause of the NC-17 rating.
Alec Baldwin was originally cast as Henry Miller but pulled out two weeks prior to filming.
Director Kaufman first came into contact with Miller's works in the '50s while at the University of Chicago. He recalled that Tropic of Cancer (mentioned in the film as the book Henry is in the process of writing) "was the ultimate secret book everybody was reading".
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.
Fred Ward wore blue contact lenses over his brown eyes to better resemble Henry Miller.
When Anais flips through the stack of erotic postcards in the beginning of the film, one of them is of a woman propped up in a chair with a hat on and is shown hiking up her skirt with one hand. The image is the same one used on the first edition cover of Anais Nin's short story collection titled, "Delta of Venus."
Kevin Spacey after Phillip Kaufman saw him in an episode of the TV series _Unsub_.
Approximately 135 minutes into the film, Anais is attending an event at which a strolling guitar player can be heard strumming "Gran Vals" by Francisco Tarrega - more readily recognizable from its notes comprising the Nokia ringtone.
The movie was shot in 15 weeks in the autumn of 1989.

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