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Shia LaBeouf was asked to send pictures of his penis in order to obtain his role. He subsequently decided to send in personal sex tapes of him and his girlfriend having sex in order to convince Lars von Trier to cast him.
While the film features unsimulated sex, exposed genitals and penetration, these were digital compositions of pornographic actors onto the bodies of the film's actors.
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According to Stellan Skarsgård, the "chocolate sweets" portion of the first chapter is based on an anecdote told by a female friend of Lars von Trier about how she and a friend dared each other to have sex with people on a train for a bag of candy.
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Along with Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013), the final part of the "Trilogy of Depression" also including Antichrist (2009) and Melancholia (2011), all of which star Charlotte Gainsbourg.
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Originally, this and Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013) were shot as one movie and originally intended to be released as one cut. Due to its length, it was split into two movies.
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Stellan Skarsgård, who plays Seligman, the man who saved Joe from the street and then listens to her sexual stories, played Erik in Anita: Swedish Nymphet (1973), a psychology student who helps Anita, a self-confessed nymphomaniac, by listening to her sexual stories and trying to help her change her self-destructive ways.
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Banned in Turkey.
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Nicole Kidman was cast as Mrs. H but she dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
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Charlotte Gainsbourg said that the worst scenes to do were the masochistic scenes. She said that "those were embarrassing and, yes, a little humiliating".
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Liam Hemsworth turned down the part of Jerôme.
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Stacy Martin stated that shooting the sex scenes was a bit boring due to their technical nature.
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In the scene in Chapter Two where Joe compares her genitalia to automatic doors, some archive footage of leaves blowing towards a set of automatic doors is shown. This footage is from Lars von Trier's The Kingdom (1994).
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The number of chapter headings both in this film and Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013) that begin with "The" also reflects the Fibonacci sequence numbers that are constantly entwined with Joe's life: Five ("The Compleat Angler," "The Little Organ School," "The Eastern and the Western Church (The Silent Duck)," "The Mirror" and "The Gun") and three (""Jerôme," "Mrs. H" and "Delirium").
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In all three films of director Lars Von Trier's "Depression Trilogy" ("Antichrist" / "Melancholia" / "Nymphomaniac"), there is noteworthy symbolism and plot points involving a window inside a house. The symbolism varies and has different levels of significance in the three films; story/plot-wise, though also very similar in ways as well, involving the characters and stories, depending on which films are compared.
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The first volume of the director's cut is 2 hr. 28 min. long.
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Joe is the name of Charlotte Gainsbourg's third child.
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This is the second film featuring Uma Thurman to be cut into two films due to length issues. The first was Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003).
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Stellan Skarsgård (Seligman) & Shia LaBeouf (Jerôme) also worked together on Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013) & Borg vs. McEnroe (2017) as Lennart Bergelin & John McEnroe respectively.
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Stellan Skarsgård (Seligman) & Jesper Christensen (Jerôme's Uncle) also worked together on Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg (1990) & Melancholia (2011) together.
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Stellan Skarsgård (Seligman) & Charlotte Gainsbourg (Joe) also worked together on Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013) and another Lars von Trier film, Melancholia (2011), as Jack & Claire respectively.
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Stellan Skarsgård (Seligman) & Connie Nielsen (Joe's mother) also worked together on I'll Find You (2019) As Benno Moser & Lena respectively.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

A prosthetic penis was used for the blow job scene on the train.
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In the Stacy Martin sex scene, they used fake sperm made out of egg whites.
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