Henry & June
|Henry & June|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Philip Kaufman|
|Produced by||Peter Kaufman|
|Written by||Philip Kaufman
Richard E. Grant
Maria de Medeiros
|Edited by||Dede Allen
Vivien Hillgrove Gilliam
William S. Scharf
Walrus & Associates
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
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 three Oscar-nominated films to be released with an NC-17 rating; the other films are Wild at Heart, also released in 1990, and Requiem for a Dream (2000).
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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.
- Fred Ward as Henry Miller
- Uma Thurman as June Miller
- Richard E. Grant as Hugo
- Maria de Medeiros as Anaïs Nin
- Kevin Spacey as Richard Osborn
- Jean-Philippe Ecoffey as Eduardo Sanchez
- Maurice Escargot as Pop
- Artus de Penguern as Brassaï
- Liz Hasse as Jean
- Brigitte Lahaie as Henry's prostitute
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Henry & June was the first film to receive the MPAA's rating of NC-17 (Predator 2 originally received this rating, but was cut to qualify for an R rating) which was 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 Nin 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.
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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.
- Fred Ward wore blue contact lenses during filming to better resemble Henry Miller.
- Alec Baldwin was originally cast as Henry Miller.
- Kevin Spacey was cast after Philip Kaufman saw him in an episode of Unsub.
- Jean Lenoir, "Parlez-moi d'amour" (Lucienne Boyer)
- Claude Debussy, Six épigraphes antiques: Pour l'égyptienne (Ensemble Musical de Paris)
- Francis Poulenc, "Les chemins de l'amour" (Ransom Wilson and Christopher O'Riley)
- Debussy, Petite Suite: "Ballet" (Aloys and Alfons Kontarsky)
- Harry Warren, "I Found a Million Dollar Baby" (Bing Crosby)
- Erik Satie, "Gnossienne No. 3" (Pascal Rogé)
- Satie, "Je te veux" (Jean-Pierre Armengaud)
- Debussy, "Sonata for Violin and Piano" (first movement) (Kyung-wha Chung and Radu Lupu)
- Frédéric Chopin, Nocturne No. 1 in C Major [sic] (Paul Crossley)
- Georges Auric, "Sous les toits de Paris" (Rene Nazels)
- Jacques Larmanjat, lyrics by Francis Carco, "Le doux caboulot" (Annie Fratellini)
- Debussy, "La plus que lente" (Josef Suk)
- "Je m'ennuie" (Mark Adler)
- "Coralia" (Mark Adler)
- Irving Mills, "St. James Infirmary Blues" (Mark Adler)
- Francisco Tárrega, "Gran Vals" (Francisco Tárrega)
- Joaquin Nin-Culmell, "Basque Song" (Joaquin Nin-Culmell)
- Vincent Scotto, lyrics by George Koger and H. Vama, "J'ai deux amours" (Josephine Baker)
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