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Delta of Venus (1995)

R | | Drama | 13 October 1995 (USA)
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A struggling American writer (England) and a fellow American expatriate (Mandylor) begin a sordid affair among the chaos and discord of 1940 Paris, France on the brink of World War II.

Director:

Zalman King

Writers:

Anaïs Nin (novel), Elisa M. Rothstein (screenplay) (as Elisa Rothstein) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Audie England ... Elena / author
Costas Mandylor ... Lawrence / Elena's lover
Eric da Silva ... Marcel / Publisher (as Eric Da Silva)
Raven Snow ... Leila / Singer
Rory Campbell ... Miguel / Art teacher
Emma Louise Moore Emma Louise Moore ... Ariel
Bernard Zette Bernard Zette ... Donald (as Zette)
Marek Vasut ... Luc
Markéta Hrubesová ... Bijou / Hooker
Daniel Leza Daniel Leza ... Pierre / Nude model
Stephen Halbert Stephen Halbert ... Harry
Dale Wyatt ... Millicent
Jirí Ded Jirí Ded ... Priest
Valérie Zawadská ... Landlady
James Donahower ... Bandleader
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An American writer in Paris starts writing erotic fiction. From encouragement from her friends, her lover, and her publisher she gets involved in nude modeling and progresses onward through many other forms of voyeuristic and participatory sexual adventures. Contains full frontal nudity and simulated sex, lots of sexual dialogue and profanity. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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In 1939, Elena went to Paris searching for her voice as a writer. What she found was her voice as a woman.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong erotic content | See all certifications »

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Goofs

In the opium den scene, opium pipes are handed around much as if they were tobacco pipes. In reality, opium is a sticky substance that cannot burn on its own. A drop is fastened near the hole in the middle of the metal head of the pipe, and it is then held with the head down over a spirit lamp, the opium evaporating over the heat as the smoker inhales. In this movie, the pipes are held with the metal head UP instead of down, no opium is ever visible near the hole, and no spirit lamps are used. Yet the women miraculously manage to get smoke out of the pipes. See more »

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[first lines]
Elena Martin: Paris, January 6th, 1940. Again, she wrote all night. She stretched, looked out at the rising sun, and bundled up against the early morning chill. As if drawn by some invisible force, she headed off across the awakening city.
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Alternate Versions

Unrated version on VHS tape runs a few seconds longer than the NC-17 version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Chaque Jour
Music by George S. Clinton
Lyrics by George S. Clinton and Raven Snow (as Raven L. Snow)
Performed by Raven Snow (as Raven L. Snow)
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Extremely Sexual Adaptation of Anais Nin's Book
25 May 2000 | by Ride-3See all my reviews

"Delta of Venus", director Zalman King's erotic adaptation of

praised writer Anais Nin's book, is a lush, sexy, dramatic film. It's 1940 Paris and young aspiring writer Elena Martin begins a hot affair with smut author Lawrence. One night Elena catches Lawrence in the arms of another and leaves him, then she supports herself as a nude model and begins writing erotica for a wealthy male patron. But she can't write about it until she experiences it first. I highly recommend both the book "Delta of Venus" and the movie version as well.

"Delta of Venus" is UNRATED for strong sexual sequences, graphic nudity, and for some language.

NOTE: "Delta of Venus" is available in a slightly cut R Rated version that omits one minute of sexual footage, and an UNRATED version that restores the cut minute.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,750, 15 October 1995

Gross USA:

$63,174

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,174
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Runtime:

(edited) | (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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