Henry & June

Henry & June

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Director: Philip Kaufman

Cast: Maria de Medeiros, Fred Ward, Uma Thurman

     
 
The first film to wear the MPAA's NC-17 rating, Philip Kaufman's steamy account of the relationship between writers Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller comes to DVD with this release. Featuring interactive menus, a theatrical trailer, film highlights, talent bios, production notes, and web links, the disc presents the film in a nice-looking widescreen 1.66:1 transfer. Add to

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The first film to wear the MPAA's NC-17 rating, Philip Kaufman's steamy account of the relationship between writers Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller comes to DVD with this release. Featuring interactive menus, a theatrical trailer, film highlights, talent bios, production notes, and web links, the disc presents the film in a nice-looking widescreen 1.66:1 transfer. Add to that English and French Dolby Digital Surround audio tracks, and Henry & June is a DVD that should be pleasing to fans. Spanish subtitles are also available.

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All Movie Guide
It's not every day that the Motion Picture Association of America creates a new rating, but that's what happened in 1990 with Henry & June, Philip Kaufman's biography of author Henry Miller. By giving the film the an NC-17 rating, the MPAA allowed it to be seen in many parts of mainstream America, where an X-rating would have meant banishment. Though the rating has since become almost as reviled as the X, the intended differentiation between pornography and art was clear. In the end, Henry & June is not particularly erotic, but it is boldly sensual, in the vein of Kaufman's previous film The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Most of the performances -- save for Fred Ward's portrayal of the rather pitiful Miller and Kevin Spacey's minor but memorable role -- are overshadowed by the film's visual splendor. Even the alluring Uma Thurman (as Miller's wife, June) and Maria de Medeiros (as Anaïs Nin) can't compete with production designer Guy-Claude François' stunning recreation of 1930s Paris. Philippe Rousselot was rightfully nominated for an Academy Award for his lavish cinematography.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/23/1999
UPC:
0025192051821
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
NC-17
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
2:17:00
Sales rank:
20,802

Special Features

Production notes; Cast and filmmakers' bios; Film highlights; Theatrical trailer; Web links

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maria de Medeiros Anais Nin
Fred Ward Henry Miller
Uma Thurman June Miller
Richard Grant Hugo Guiler
Kevin Spacey Richard Osborn
Jean-Philippe Ecoffey Eduardo Sanchez
Bruce Myers Jack
Féodor Atkine Paco Miralles, Spanish Dance Instructor
Sylvie Huguel Emilia
Artus de Penguern Brassai
Pierre Etaix Friend
Gaetan Bloom Magician
Alexandra de Gall Clown
Brigitte Lahaie Henry's Whore
Maite Maille Frail Prostitute
J. Bunuel Publisher/Editor
Pierre Edemac Actor
Samuel Ateba Black Musician for Quat'z Arts Ball
Louis Bessieres Accordionist
Karine Couvelard Osborn's Girl Friend
Maurice Escargot Pop
Annie Fratellini The Patronne
Liz Hasse Jean
Frank Heiler Steamship Agent
Claire Joubert Contortionist
Stephanie Leboulanger Prostitute Brushing Long Hair
Marc Maury Man in Silent Film
Suzy Palatin Bal Negre Performer
Annie Vincent Fat Prostitute

Technical Credits
Philip Kaufman Director,Musical Direction/Supervision,Screenwriter
Mark Adler Score Composer
Dede Allen Editor
Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle Costumes/Costume Designer
Nathalie Erlbaum Choreography
Guy-Claude Francois Production Designer
Thierry Francois Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Georges Glon Art Director
Vivien Hillgrove Editor
Peter Kaufman Producer
Rose Kaufman Musical Direction/Supervision,Screenwriter
Didier Lavergne Makeup
Philippe Rousselot Cinematographer
William Scharf Editor
Alan Splet Sound/Sound Designer
Jacqueline West Consultant/advisor

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter List
1. Main Titles
2. Pussy Willow
3. Henry Miller
4. Portrait of June
5. Henry and June
6. Distortion
7. The Affair
8. Henry's World
9. The Diary
10. Taps on the Chin
11. Treachery
12. Stimulation
13. A Dream
14. Tropic of Cancer
15. Unknown Affair
16. June's Return
17. End of the Affair
18. Epilogue/Titles

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Henry & June 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was one of the most intriguing I've seen. The cinematography was breathtaking....highly erotic, yet not nearly as graphic as more recent films. Would probably warrent an 'R' rating by todays standards. Highly interesting as well as entertaining! Wonderful character development, and interesting twists and turns throughout. Masterful cinematography led to an unbelievable review of that era's fashions and interior design. Beautifully filmed which led to development of the amazing ambiance! If you're looking for a journey through Victorian-era erotica, you'll LOVE this movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago