U.S., 1962, 152 min, Dir. Stanley Kubrick, Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, smoking and violence, Warner Bros.
"Mason is highly impressive as Humbert Humbert - all repressed passion and furrowed brow - and Winters contributes just the right amount of vulgarity as Lo's mother." - Time Out
Lolita peers at us over heart-shaped shades while sucking on a lollipop as the headline asks: How did they ever make a film of Lolita? It wasn't easy. For starters, even though Vladimir Nabokov received an Oscar nomination for adapting his own novel, his 400-page screenplay was essentially rewritten by director Stanley Kubrick and producer James B. Harris ("You couldn't make it. You couldn't lift it."). As Dave Kehr writes in Chicago Reader: "Keeping his misanthropic tendencies somewhat in check, Kubrick made a solid film out of Nabokov's notorious and brilliant novel. James Mason is [Humbert Humbert] the pederastic representative of Old Europe yearning after the 14-year-old flower of American girlhood." In a role expanded for the film by Kubrick, Peter Sellers excels as a dark double of Humbert, the ominous Clare Quilty. The odyssey across the U.S. in the film's second half was filmed in England, dictated by the British financing, the director's expat residence and his well-known fear of flying.
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