Delta of Venus (film)

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Delta of Venus
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Zalman King
Produced by Evzen Kolar
Written by Elisa M. Rothstein
Patricia Louisianna Knop
Based on Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin
Music by George S. Clinton
Cinematography Eagle Egilsson
Edited by James Gavin Bedford
Marc Grossman
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date
June 9, 1995
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $63,174[1]

Delta of Venus is a 1995 American erotic drama film directed by Zalman King and starring Audie England, Costas Mandylor, and Marek Vašut. It inspired by the erotic story collection of the same name by Anaïs Nin. NC-17 and R-rated versions of the film exist; the NC-17 rating is due to explicit sex.[2] The DVD release contains both versions of the film.


Set in Paris, France in 1940 in the early days of World War II before the German invasion and conquest of France, Elena Martin (Audie England) is a young American writer struggling to get by in Paris while searching for inspiration for her first novel. Elena meets and has a sordid affair with a fellow American expatriate named Lawrence Walters (Costas Mandylor). With some encouragement from her friends, her lover, and her publisher, Elena gets involved in nude modeling and progresses onward through many other forms of voyeuristic and participatory sexual adventures as she further researches for inspiration to write her book and become an author of erotic fiction.



The homonymous novel by Anaïs Nin in which the film is based is not autobiographical, nor does it have a frame narrative. The film, instead, has one, about a "Nin-like" American who begins an affair with another expatriate American in pre–World War II Paris, and who writes erotic stories that represent her fantasies. Some of these stories/fantasies, based on those of Nin, are explored on-screen.


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