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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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 morePublished 19 months ago by A.L. gardner
Both versions of the Delta of Venus DVD were practically inaudible, boring, tedious to watch, and certainly not erotic. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Betsy Graber
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 on September 21, 2013 by Maeshawn
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 on August 25, 2013 by Silver City Slim
this is another movie i saw several times on tv and was also delighted to find it online. one of my fave movies.Published on December 24, 2012 by dottie