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Lolita [Blu-ray] [1962]

  • SKU: 19399521
  • Release Date: 08/23/2011
  • Rating: NR

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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 satire and sensuality of the material, concentrating instead on the story's farcical aspects. James Mason plays professor Humbert Humbert, who while waiting to begin a teaching post in the United States rents a room from blowzy Shelley Winters. Winters immediately falls for the worldly Humbert, but he only has eyes for his landlady's nubile daughter Lolita. The professor goes so far as to marry Winters so that he can remain near to the object of his ardor. Turning up like a bad penny at every opportunity is smarmy TV writer Quilty (Peter Sellers), who seems inordinately interested in Humbert's behavior. When Winters happens to read Humbert's diary, she is so revolted by his lustful thoughts that she runs blindly into the street, where she is struck and killed by a car. Without telling Lolita that her mother is dead, Humbert packs her into the car and goes on a cross-country trip, dogged every inch of the way by a mysterious pursuer. Once she gets over the shock of her mother's death, Lolita is agreeable to inaugurating an affair with her stepfather (this is handled very, very discreetly, despite the slavering critical assessments of 1962). But when the girl begins discovering boys her own age, she drifts away from Humbert. One day, she leaves without warning. This is humiliation enough for Humbert; but when he discovers who her secret lover really is, the results are fatal. We are prepared for the ending because the film has been framed as a flashback; what we are not prepared for is Stanley Kubrick's adroit manipulation of our sympathies and expectations. An incredibly long film considering its subject matter, Lolita is never dull, nor does it ever stoop to the sensationalism prevalent in the film's ad campaign. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Shelley Winters
      Shelley Winters - Charlotte Haze
    • Peter Sellers
      Peter Sellers - Clare Quilty
    • Sue Lyon
      Sue Lyon - Lolita Haze
    • Marianne Stone
      Marianne Stone - Vivian Darkbloom
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      Diana Decker - Jean Farlow

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Kubrick never fails to disappoint...


      I finished the novel version of Lolita for a class before introduced to this movie, and let me tell you, beside for a few omissions, this picture follows the book...I'm sure Kubrick wanted nothing less. Although I have never seen the movie before this class, I loved it. Everything about it was great. Kubrick brought the characters we came to know and love to life throughout the span of this film and it helped pave the way for the Jeremy Irons remake in the early 90's...although I preferred that one more because increased technology gave the movie a greater capability to follow the book.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      good movie


      Great movie this is a good classic, about a older man falling in love with a teenage girl. They say there was over 7 hrs worth of material but they cut it down to four. This is really good It's one of those, so wrong yet so right type of things, the only thing I did not like was they did not have a scene kiss the actor was only 14 teen at the time but still thats what really sucked. it's base off a book I have not read yet

      I would recommend this to a friend

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