Delta of Venus (film)

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Delta of Venus
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Zalman King
Written byElisa M. Rothstein
Patricia Louisianna Knop
Based on Delta of Venus
by Anaïs Nin
Produced by Evzen Kolar
Cinematography Eagle Egilsson
Edited byJames Gavin Bedford
Marc Grossman
Music by George S. Clinton
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
  • June 9, 1995 (1995-06-09)
Running time
99 minutes (102 minutes for NC-17 version)
CountryUnited States
Box office$63,174 [1]

Delta of Venus is a 1994 [2] [3] American erotic drama film directed by Zalman King and starring Audie England, Costas Mandylor, and Marek Vašut. It is inspired by the posthumously published 1977 short story collection Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin. NC-17 and R-rated versions of the film exist; the NC-17 rating is due to explicit sex. [4] The DVD release contains both versions of the film. The film was released in June 1995 in the United States.



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 novel by Anaïs Nin on which the film is based is not autobiographical, nor does it have a frame narrative. The film imposes a frame-narrative 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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