We are finally here, the 90s!
I will spend the next 500 years posting about this time in lesbian film history.
It really set the foundation for the genre and amongst some of the lesser known titles are some big Hollywood films. How exciting!
It’ll be great. It’ll be nostalgic.
It’ll be a little like awkwardly reading your middle school journal but hopefully it’ll bring to light some amazing suggestions.
If you haven’t seen some of the more widely known movies, this new knowledge will give you the power to go up to your favorite aunt, who is still a little unsure of how to feel about you being gay, and you get to say “Hey! You know those movies you love so much…? Yeah…open your eyes, they are gay. Very. Very. Gay.”
The first one probably won’t be on that list.
1-HENRY AND JUNE (1990) DIR. PHILIP KAUFMAN STARRING FRED WARD, UMA THURMAN, MARIA DE MEDEIROS
Yes, I know, the cover is super hetero but don’t judge yet.
If you are a good lesbian then you know all about Anais Nin and her dairies. If you are trying to catch up here is a link to her Volume 1 of her diaries which includes the story of Henry and June.
Or you can simply read
Anais Nin. Probably wearing slacks.
She also has an entire collection of masterfully written books of love letters, musings, and a few published works of erotica. I don’t recommend her fiction but if you like this story then you might want to read her erotica based on how she felt about June called House of Incest
So Henry and June.
This is the story of the time Henry Miller and Anais Nin were in love in Paris in the 30s. Wait for it, I haven’t failed you on the lesbian content.
This story is about two people creating art because of their love for the same woman; Henry Miller’s wife June.
Henry lived with June in New York City. She began spending a little too much time with one of her female friends. Her and Henry were broke and somehow June always came up with money. She convinced him it would be best for their love if he’d move to Paris so like a good boy he did (I am probably one of the only people who exists who would describe Henry Miller as a “good boy” I love the dude but that’s a totally different blog).
Paris is where he meets Anais Nin. They form a friendship, then Anais meets June. June is an enigma. She’s an actress. She’s always in face.
They can’t figure out who she is. Is she really an actress, a prostitute, and lesbian, a good wife, a bad wife, does she actually have a mundane job like she says she does? She loves you when you are there, you don’t exist when she’s gone but when she leaves, you reel waiting for her to come back.
Henry and Anais spend all their time talking about their love for June. Writing about their love for June. Falling in love over their love for June.
If you want a well crafted, cinematic, erotic ride through love, hate, need, art, writing, sex, alcohol, deception then you’ll love this film.
Please note this story begins with Henry in Paris. If you want to really go down the spiral of love for June, watch the film and read the book.
Here is a clip of the real Anais Nin musing.
If you have interest in Henry Miller, you can read his book which he wrote during his time with Anais Nin about his wife June.
This book is not for the faint of heart. Henry Miller…did not often speak highly of women in his fiction. However, I’ve read many books comprised of letters and love letters he had written and sent and I can definitely see his appeal to the women he loved.
Here is his book regarding his time being married to June. Tropic of Cancer
Keeping on the theme of Anais and Henry, here is a published book of their letters to one another.
Here’s a clip of a Henry Miller interview: