Henry & June

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This article is about the film based upon the book by Anaïs Nin. For other uses, see Henry and June (disambiguation).
Henry & June
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Philip Kaufman
Produced by Peter Kaufman
Written by Philip Kaufman
Rose Kaufman
Starring Fred Ward
Uma Thurman
Richard E. Grant
Maria de Medeiros
Kevin Spacey
Cinematography Philippe Rousselot
Edited by Dede Allen
Vivien Hillgrove Gilliam
William S. Scharf
Production
company
Walrus & Associates
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • October 5, 1990 (1990-10-05)
Running time 136 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $23,472,449[2]

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.

The film was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 63rd Academy Awards. It is one of two Oscar-nominated films to be released with an NC-17 rating; the other film is Wild at Heart, also released in 1990.

Plot[edit]

The story takes place in and around Paris, France in 1931. The story told is one of a love triangle between the Millers and Anaïs Nin. She is in a stable relationship with her husband Hugo, but longs for more out of life. When Nin first meets Henry Miller, he is working on his first novel. Nin is drawn to Miller and his wife June, as well as their bohemian lifestyle. Nin becomes involved in the couple's tormented relationship, having an affair with Miller and also pursuing June. Ultimately, Nin helps Miller to publish his novel, Tropic of Cancer, but catalyzes the Millers' separation, while she returns to Hugo.

Cast[edit]

Rating[edit]

Henry & June was the first film to receive the MPAA's rating of NC-17, which had been devised as a replacement for the X rating. NC-17 was intended to signify serious, non-pornographic films with more violence or (especially) sexual content than would qualify for an R rating. The inclusion of the postcard Nine views at the start of the film (which is of Hokusai's The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife), and some scenes of le Bal des Beaux Arts contributed to the NC-17 rating.

The film was given a more lenient M rating in Australia and an uncut 18 in the UK. Conversely, it was banned in South Africa. The ban has since been lifted. The film was given an R18 rating in New Zealand.

Reception[edit]

Henry & June was a moderate box office success, grossing $11,567,449 in the domestic market and $11,905,000 internationally for a worldwide total of $23,472,449.[2]

Soundtrack[edit]

  1. Jean Lenoir, "Parlez-moi d'amour" (Lucienne Boyer)
  2. Claude Debussy, Six épigraphes antiques: Pour l'égyptienne (Ensemble Musical de Paris)
  3. Francis Poulenc, "Les chemins de l'amour" (Ransom Wilson and Christopher O'Riley)
  4. Debussy, Petite Suite: "Ballet" (Aloys and Alfons Kontarsky)
  5. Harry Warren, "I Found a Million Dollar Baby" (Bing Crosby)
  6. Erik Satie, "Gnossienne No. 3" (Pascal Rogé)
  7. Satie, "Je te veux" (Jean-Pierre Armengaud)
  8. Debussy, "Sonata for Violin and Piano" (first movement) (Kyung-wha Chung and Radu Lupu)
  9. Frédéric Chopin, Nocturne No. 1 in C Major [sic] (Paul Crossley)
  10. Georges Auric, "Sous les toits De Paris" (Rene Nazels)
  11. Jacques Larmanjat, lyrics by Francis Carco, "Le Doux Caboulot" (Annie Fratellini)
  12. Debussy, "La plus que lente" (Josef Suk)
  13. "Je m'ennuie" (Mark Adler)
  14. "Coralia" (Mark Adler)
  15. Irving Mills, "St. James Infirmary Blues" (Mark Adler)
  16. Francisco Tárrega, "Gran Vals" (Francisco Tárrega)
  17. Joaquin Nin-Culmell, "Basque Song" (Joaquin Nin-Culmell)
  18. Vincent Scotto, lyrics by George Koger and H. Vama, "J'ai deux amours" (Josephine Baker)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HENRY & JUNE (18)". British Board of Film Classification. September 28, 1990. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Henry & June (1990) – Box Office Mojo". Amazon.com. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 

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