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Delta of Venus (1995)

Audie England , Costas Mandylor , Zalman King  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Audie England, Costas Mandylor, Eric Da Silva, Raven Snow, Rory Campbell
  • Directors: Zalman King
  • Writers: Anaďs Nin, Elisa M. Rothstein, Patricia Louisianna Knop
  • Producers: Antonín Moskalyk, Evzen Kolar, Janis Rothbard Chaskin, Matthew Gayne
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000D0YXU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,434 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Delta of Venus" on IMDb

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Based on Anais Nin's pre-WWII book. The lead character is an eager American writer with sex on her twentysomething mind, either as voyeur or as a participant.

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133 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A flowing, beautiful, and delightfully erotic film. December 27, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Those who are familiar with Zalman King know that he is one of the few directors who is able to create erotically stimulating films without sacrificing production quality, cinemtography and acting. Delta of Venus is, in my opinion, his greatest accomplishment as the film flows with poetic motion, draws sumptuous romanticism from its setting in pre-World War II Paris, offers a lovely musical soundtrack, and excites the viewer with beautiful actors who interact with splendid chemistry.
If you are looking for a simple sex film or a picture exploding with action, this is not the film for you. It moves at a purposefully slow pace, like generous foreplay, leading the audience through a series of visual and auditory climaxes. It will appeal mostly to women, but also to men who delight in the slow, attentive pleasuring of a woman.
Although the R-rated version of the movie is well worth seeing, it does not compare to the unrated copy, which bursts with scenes that will propel any couple into a torrid evening of lovemaking.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Erotic and Sensual! August 29, 2005
By Mr D.
This is one of those movies that the critics slam, while viewers, despite the negative reviews, shake their heads and embrace. Delta of Venus is not only a highly erotic, art film, it has a reasonably good story line and is fairly well done, despite the nay sayer critics.

For a erogenous film Delta of Venus has excellent credentials. Based on the writings of well known erotic author Anias Nin and directed by the master of sensuality Zalman King, Delta of Venus takes place in pre World War II, Paris. Elana Martin (Audie England) was a young impressionable writer from America who is attracted to and eventually meets and starts a torrid love affair with Lawrence (Costas Mandylor), a handsome young man who happens to writer of pornography.

When Elana sees Lawrence in the arms of another, she leaves him. Eventually Lawrence leaves Paris for New York. Although she is a writer, she is not well enough known to support herself by writing so she supports herself as a nude model and subsidizing this income by writing erotica for a mysterious benefactor, who deals strictly through her agent.

Elana's initial offerings were rebuffed as not being sincere enough, however her writing improves dramatically, when she writes about her personal erotic experiences, leading her to seek out such interludes.


The movie set in 1939 Paris, just before the German invasion, seemed to be historically accurate. The sets were good and the directing was well done. In addition to some very sexy scenes featuring strong nudity, the movie also depicted a troubled city showing communist demonstrations, anti-Semitism, Nazi hooligans and eventually German occupation, There was a lot happening and it all flowed together rather well.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint of heart December 17, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This movie, as with all of Zalman King's, has its weaknesses, but of them all, this is the best. I never fail to find it empowering, beautiful, envigorating, and, of course, scintillating to watch. Very few of this type of movie reach an emotional level as well as a physical level, and as such, very few are truly aimed at the thinking and feeling woman. Even Red Shoes and the Wild Orchid series (don't forget Shades of Blue) miss at times and sink to the common standard of male oriented meaningless sex. This movie, based on a novel that is about nothing but the meaning of sexual exploration and emotional risk, rises far above the norm to be a cornerstone in any woman's video library. Anais Nin would have been pleased.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down in the 'Delta' June 22, 2006
We should start by making one thing clear: the films of Zalman King have no basis in reality whatsoever; they're erotic fantasies, pure and simple. How else to explain his casting choices for the leading roles in his films: Carrie Otis, Sherilyn Fenn, David Duchovony, Richard Tyson, Bridgette Bako, etc. People in real life seldom have the sex appeal of the above-mentioned names.

And then there are the stories that cloak these fine specimens, which almost always involve a young innocent woman led down a road of sexual discovery, usually by a domineering though charming man, who she's secretly lusted after for sometime. What King's films lack in dramatic verve, they make up for by hitting their intended target: your libido.

Critics pounced like never before on his feature film adaptation of Anais Ninn's erotic classic,'Delta of Venus.' But

they clearly missed the point, as 'Delta of Venus' isn't so much a feature film, as it is the most epic, most visually beautiful episode of King's 90s Showtime series, 'Red Shoe Diaries.' In that context, it succeeds at its fairly modest goals.

Set in 1940s Paris, 'Venus' introduces us to an aspiring writer named Elena (Audie England). In what appears to be a morning ritual, she rushes to the banks of the Sienne in the bitter January cold, with a muted urgency, for one thing: to watch the handsome Lawrence (Costas Mandylor)--a man she's yet to meet---row through the foggy river.

It isn't too long before she meets Lawrence at a party thrown by her agent, Marcel (Eric Da Silva), and discovers Lawrence is also a writer, with a thriving, if controversial career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delta of Venus (1994) and her NC-17 rating
Delta of Venus (1994) has an NC-17 rating for a GOOD reason: the sex is pleasing and EXTREMELY erotic. Contrary to what critics said, Delta of Venus has passion, love and heart. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A.L. gardner
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time watching the Delta of Venus DVD.
Both versions of the Delta of Venus DVD were practically inaudible, boring, tedious to watch, and certainly not erotic. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Betsy Graber
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than the Book
This movie was a compilation of the short stories in the book of the same name. The book was disappointing. The movie was erotic without being pornographic.
Published 13 months ago by Maeshawn
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Possible to Give Zero Stars
Gave up after the first 10 minutes or so. Thought it was going to be a sci-fi movie about the 2nd rock from the sun. Not even close.
Published 14 months ago by Silver City Slim
5.0 out of 5 stars terriffic
this is another movie i saw several times on tv and was also delighted to find it online. one of my fave movies.
Published 22 months ago by dottie
3.0 out of 5 stars Good addition to your erotic video library
We bought this video expecting a film version of the classic book of the same title, upon which the producers claim it is based. Sadly this is not the case. Read more
Published on June 1, 2012 by Erotic Couple
4.0 out of 5 stars Female Sexuality
As a young woman Anais Nin learnt about sex by leaving her stuffy banker husband to have affairs with Parisian bohemians. Read more
Published on March 30, 2012 by Robert Crosman
5.0 out of 5 stars Best date movie
This movie gets my wife in the mood every time. Audie England is quite sensuous in this movie, and I enjoy this movie as much or more every time I watch it. Read more
Published on February 29, 2012 by Ex Texan
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Story
The story line is great and the actors and actresses are beautiful and talented. The end was depressing though and sad. But in total a 5 star review is in order. Read more
Published on February 23, 2011 by Melinda McCabe
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't remember it
Quite frankly, I rented this a while ago and have completely forgotten it. The fact that it left entirely no impact suggests that I was not impressed.
Published on January 16, 2011 by Monsieur Beauregarde
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