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(1990)

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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 Anaïs Nin (Maria de Medeiros) 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.
Writer-director Philip Kaufman actually met the real life Anaïs Nin in 1962. In this movie Nin, is portrayed by actress Maria de Medeiros.
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Fred Ward replaced Alec Baldwin as Henry Miller. Baldwin had been originally cast but pulled out about two weeks prior to filming.
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'Phillip Kaufman (I)' first came into contact with 'Henry Miller''s works during the 1950s while studying at the University of Chicago. Kaufman once recalled that "Tropic of Cancer", which is mentioned in the film as the book Miller was in the process of writing, "was the ultimate secret book everybody was reading".
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Fred Ward wore blue contact lenses over his brown eyes to better resemble Henry Miller.
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When Anaïs Nin (Maria de Medeiros) 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."
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The film that Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin go to see is Un Chien Andalou (1929), a film by Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel. Bunuel's son, Juan Luis Buñuel, plays the editor-publisher during the film's opening scene.
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Both Uma Thurman and Maria de Medeiros would later both appear in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994) around four years later. However, they did not share any scenes in Tarantino's movie.
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The movie according to the DVD sleeve notes is "based on the suppressed sections of Anaïs Nin's diaries".
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Approximately 135 minutes into the film, Anaïs Nin (Maria de Medeiros) is attending an event at which a strolling guitar player can be heard strumming "Gran Vals" by Francisco Tárrega which has more recently been readily recognizable from its notes comprising the Nokia ring-tone.
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Kevin Spacey was cast after Phillip Kaufman saw him in an episode of the TV series Unsub (1989) entitled "Clean Slate" [See: Unsub: Clean Slate (1989)].
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The movie was made and released about a decade after the real life Henry Miller had passed away in 1980 and about thirteen years after the real life Anaïs Nin had passed away in 1977.
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The picture was originally banned in South Africa but since that time the ban has been removed.
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The film is apparently one of only three Academy Award nominated films to be released with an NC-17 rating in the USA. The films are Henry & June (1990), _Wild at Heart_, which were both released in the same year, and Requiem for a Dream (2000).
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The full actual real life birth name of Anaïs Nin, portrayed in the film by Portugese actress Maria de Medeiros, was Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell but was also known by the much shorter three word name of Anaïs Nin Culmell.
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The movie was shot in fifteen weeks during the autumn of 1989.
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The movie according to the DVD sleeve notes is "based on the suppressed sections of Anaïs Nin's diaries"
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According to show-business trade paper 'Variety', the "pic's title, also the title of the [source Anaïs] Nin book, is actually a misnomer. This is the story of Henry [Miller] ['Fred Ward'] and Anais [Nin] [Maria de Medeiros]; June [Miller nee Smith] [Uma Thurman], playing a marginal role, is offscreen much of the time".
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The film was Oscar nominated in the category of Best Cinematography at the 63rd Academy Awards ceremony in 1991 but lost out to Dances with Wolves (1990).
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The film was made and released about four years after its source book "Henry and June" by Anaïs Nin had been first published in 1986. Nin is played in the film by actress Maria de Medeiros.
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The picture's source book "Henry and June" (1986) is also known by two longer titles. They are "Henry and June: From the Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin" and "Henry and June: From A Journal of Love: the Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin (1931-1932)".
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Approximately twenty-two years later, Philip Kaufman would make another film about the relationship between a writer and a spouse: Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012). That movie and Henry & June (1990) are also similar in that both films are titled with the names of two central romantic characters in each picture, though in one film they are first names, and in the other they are surnames or last names.
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The nick-name of Hugh Guiler (Richard E. Grant) was "Hugo".
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The movie received 18+ ratings certificates in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand but in Australia the film got an M rating which is a 15+ certificate. In the UK, "this work was passed uncut" by the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification).
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According to the Turner Classic Movies website, "according to an interview in the December 1991 issue of Details magazine, actor Gary Oldman, billed as Maurice Escargot, appears in [the] film opposite wife Uma Thurman".
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The novel "Tropic of Cancer" written by Henry Miller (played in the movie by Fred Ward), is the book that Miller is working on during the film, was a real life novel and was first published in 1934. It was made into a feature film Tropic of Cancer (1970) which debuted in theaters in 1970. Miller actually appeared in the movie as a spectator. Also in 1970, the first filmed version of Miller's novel "Quiet Days in Clichy" [Quiet Days in Clichy (1970)] debuted, with the second, "Quiet Days in Clichy" [Jours tranquilles à Clichy (1990)], launching in the same 1990 year as Henry & June (1990).
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Uma Thurman and Maria de Medeiros were the first actresses to portray the real life characters of June Miller (nee Smith) and Anaïs Nin in a cinema movie. Fred Ward was the third actor to play Henry Miller in a theatrical feature film after Rip Torn had portrayed him first in Tropic of Cancer (1970), and then Andrew McCarthy second in "Quiet Days in Clichy" [Jours tranquilles à Clichy (1990)] which also debuted in the same year as Henry & June (1990) but earlier in 1990.
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The film was first released in the same 1990 year as "Quiet Days in Clichy" [Jours tranquilles à Clichy (1990)] which was based on the novel of the same name by Henry Miller and also featured the real life Miller in the film as a character, portrayed by actor Andrew McCarthy.
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Musicians casting advisor & music score composer Jean-Michel Bernard and prop buyer & set dresser Rafaël Vicent-Marti worked on both 1990 Henry Miller movies, Henry & June (1990) and "Quiet Days in Clichy" [Jours tranquilles à Clichy (1990)], but respectively, each performing different roles in each of the two pictures.
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First theatrical feature film to be released in the United States of America with an NC-17 censorship classification rating certificate from the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America).
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This major motion picture's opening title card reads: "Paris, 1931".
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The film's Henry & June (1990) title refers to the first names of two of the picture's three central real-life characters who are Henry Miller (Fred Ward) and his wife June Miller (Uma Thurman). The other main character is Anaïs Nin (Maria de Medeiros).
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