Henry & June

Henry & June

DVD - 1999
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Explore the relationships between the writers Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller, and his wife June in Paris 1931.

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ClarkHarveyRoth
Mar 11, 2016

I've probably seen this movie 25 or 30 times...I still remember reading the TIME magazine article, when the NC-17 rating had just been invented & this was the first film they stuck it on. If Anais Nin's hetero adventures were already too sexy for America, in hindsight I'm sure it was the extensive canoodling with Uma Thurman's devastatingly brilliant June that pushed this past the threshold of all things normal & acceptable for the film review board. If it's even appropriate to narrow a film like this down to a highlight reel, I would say the vintage Parisian lesbian underground, the straight up Jungian sex in the street after dark during the students' parade, & the Latin drum & dance scene all belong on it. Gorgeous film, bewilderingly sensual, & essential to the story of Western lit in the 20th century. Still for me in the last dozen or so viewings it's always the character of Anais Nin's banker husband Hugo that moves me the most. He undergoes the most profound transformation, & this time through, in the times when he's jamming on Haitian drums, or sweetly playing Spanish guitar while his wife's clandestinely getting it on with Henry Miller...for the first time I realized that his rapture in those moments lacked none of the intensity of the sexual, in his studied, skillful approach to the practice of love & earthly beauty. Can't recommend this one enough. CR

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lukasevansherman
Mar 01, 2015

Sexy time!

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akirakato
Aug 07, 2013

This is a 1990 American biographical drama directed by Philip Kaufman, loosely based on
the book of the same name by the French author Anaïs Nin.
In and around Paris at the time of 1931, the film tells a love triangle among Henry, his wife June and Anaïs Nin.
She is in a stable relationship with her husband Hugo, but longs for more out of life.
When Anaïs Nin first meets Henry Miller, she sees in him a rough man from New York.
He has a talent for literature and is working on his first book.
Nin sees Henry and his wife June as having a liberating, bohemian lifestyle that she is drawn to.
Nin becomes involved in the couple's tormented relationship, having an affair with Henry and also pursuing June.
Eventually June accuses Nin of merely seeking a variety of experiences to write a story rather than seeking a real relationship.
After this accusation, Henry and June gets separated while Anaïs Nin returns to Hugo.
After all Anaïs Nin tries to become her own woman and ends up with the down-to-earth reality.
Although Nin firmly stated that she was not bisexual and did not have a sexual relationship with June, the film version seems more interesting and fascinating.

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mariednguyen
Sep 27, 2013

Henry & June is a 1990 American biographical drama film directed by Philip Kaufman and stars Fred Ward, Maria de Medeiros, and Uma Thurman. It is loosely based on the book of the same name by the French author Anaïs Nin, and tells the story of Nin's relationship with Henry Miller and his wife, June.

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