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"How did they make a movie out of Lolita?" teased the print ads of this Stanley Kubrick production. The answer: by adding three years to the title character's age. The original Vladimir Nabokov novel caused no end of scandal by detailing the romance between a middle-aged intellectual and a 12-year-old nymphet. The affair is "cleansed" ever so slightly in the film by making Lolita a 15-year-old (portrayed by 16-year-old Sue Lyon). In adapting his novel to film, Nabokov downplayed the wicked
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Where Nabokov was witty, Kubrick is sometimes merely snide, but fine performances (particularly from Peter Sellers, as the ominous Clare Quilty) cover most of the rough spots.
Far more satisfying than his later works (one hesitates to call them mere movies).
The picture has a rare power, a garbled but often moving push toward an off-beat communication.
While Kubrick may have likened himself to an ad-libbing thief of arts in 1962, his current persona seems the epitome of [Humbert] Humbert.
Lolita, with its acute mix of pathos and comedy, and Mason's mellifluous delivery of Nabokov's sparkling lines, remains the definitive depiction of tragic transgression.
A fascinating if problematic early film from Stanley Kubrick, perhaps the most obsessive of the great auteurs of the 1960s.
Kubrick keeps the elegant black-and-white film big and luxurious and barren and sustains the cold humor.
A wonderful evocation of the book's humorous aspects, but -- censors be darned -- very little of its passion and sexuality.
Considering censorship issues in 1962 and the fact that Peter Sellers is miscast, Kubrick's version does justice to Nabokov's provocative novel, benefiting immensely from James Mason's towering performance in the lead.
Classic Kubrick treatment of controversial best seller.
Mason and Sellers (as Quilty) are standouts, but the film is too long by half, with much of the novel's sly eroticism excised.
Fascinating pitch-black comedy with many memorable moments
Creepy and blackly funny.
Brilliant and provocative.
While it doesn't quite rate the five-star status that some of Kubrick's later films attained, LOLITA is a definite must-have for the Kubrick collector
One of Kubrick's lesser works reminds us of just how great he was.
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- Clare Quilty: Say, what you take it away for, mister? That was getting kind of smutty there!
- Humbert Humbert: Do you have any last words?
- Clare Quilty: Listen, Mac. You're drunk, and I'm a sick man. This pistol-packing farce is becoming a sort of nuisance.
- Humbert Humbert: Do you want to die standing up or sitting down?
- Clare Quilty: I wanna die like a champion.
- Charlotte Haze: Were there a lot of women in your life before me?
- Humbert Humbert: I've told you about them already.
- Charlotte Haze: Well, you didn't tell me about all of them.
- Humbert Humbert: Charlotte, if it would make you any happier, I will sit right down and I will make out a complete list of every woman I have ever known. Will that satisfy you?
- Charlotte Haze: Ohh, I'm lonesome...I think it's healthy for me to be jealous. It means that I love you. You know how happy I can make you.
- Charlotte Haze: I forbid you to disturb Professor Humbert again. He is a writer and he is not to be disturbed!
- Lolita Haze: 'Fraid somebody's gonna steal your ideas and sell 'em to Hollywood, huh?
- Humbert Humbert: Our little starlet has had enough excitement for one evening...I wouldn't want you to miss any more piano lessons! You know what I'm talking about!
- Humbert Humbert: Even in the most harmonious households such as ours, not all the decisions are taken by the female. Especially when the male partner has fulfilled his obligations beyond the line of duty. When you wanted me to spend one afternoon sun-bathing by the lake, I was glad to become the bronze, glamor boy for your sake, instead of remaining the scholar. Even then, I'd scoot along after you like an obliging little lap dog -- oh yes, I'm happy, I'm delighted to be bossed by you, but -- every game has its rules.
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