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Delta of Venus (1995)

R | | Drama | 13 October 1995 (USA)
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A struggling American writer (England) and a fellow American expatriate (Mandylor) begin a sordid affair among the chaos and discord of 1940 Paris, France on the brink of World War II.

Director:

Zalman King

Writers:

Anaïs Nin (novel), Elisa M. Rothstein (screenplay) (as Elisa Rothstein) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Audie England ... Elena / author
Costas Mandylor ... Lawrence / Elena's lover
Eric da Silva Eric da Silva ... Marcel / Publisher (as Eric Da Silva)
Raven Snow ... Leila / Singer
Rory Campbell ... Miguel / Art teacher
Emma Louise Moore Emma Louise Moore ... Ariel
Bernard Zette Bernard Zette ... Donald (as Zette)
Marek Vasut ... Luc
Markéta Hrubesová ... Bijou / Hooker
Daniel Leza Daniel Leza ... Pierre / Nude model
Stephen Halbert Stephen Halbert ... Harry
Dale Wyatt ... Millicent
Jirí Ded Jirí Ded ... Priest
Valérie Zawadská ... Landlady
James Donahower ... Bandleader
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Storyline

An American writer in Paris starts writing erotic fiction. From encouragement from her friends, her lover, and her publisher she gets involved in nude modeling and progresses onward through many other forms of voyeuristic and participatory sexual adventures. Contains full frontal nudity and simulated sex, lots of sexual dialogue and profanity. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In 1939, Elena went to Paris searching for her voice as a writer. What she found was her voice as a woman.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong erotic content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Delta de Venus See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$62,949
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(edited) | (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

In the opium den scene, opium pipes are handed around much as if they were tobacco pipes. In reality, opium is a sticky substance that cannot burn on its own. A drop is fastened near the hole in the middle of the metal head of the pipe, and it is then held with the head down over a spirit lamp, the opium evaporating over the heat as the smoker inhales. In this movie, the pipes are held with the metal head UP instead of down, no opium is ever visible near the hole, and no spirit lamps are used. Yet the women miraculously manage to get smoke out of the pipes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elena Martin: Paris, January 6th, 1940. Again, she wrote all night. She stretched, looked out at the rising sun, and bundled up against the early morning chill. As if drawn by some invisible force, she headed off across the awakening city.
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Alternate Versions

In the 2003 DVD release, one shot of a sex scene of the veiled woman was partially darkened to hide an explicit view of her genitalia. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

C'est Comme Au Printemps
Music by George S. Clinton
Lyrics by Anne Pigalle
Performed by Anne Pigalle
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Tinto Brass meets Story of 'O'
22 June 2002 | by rlcsljoSee all my reviews

I don't think you can pack more into a hour and a half movie, without it exploding. This film has politics, romance, sexual awakening, war, art, anti-semitism and lots of sexy gorgeous nude woman (especially, if you like red heads) in a wonderfully photographed "epic". The only thing wrong was that Audie England should have kept her mouth shut. Her face and body are sheer cinematic poetry, but she just did not seem to be able to say any words with any conviction.

If you prefer your sex during the rise of fascism in a romance country, this film is a must have! Of course, you must see the un-rated version. The sex does really contribute to the plot.

P.S. Don't waste your time on Titanic! This movie is light-years ahead of it.


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