Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick

Lolita, a young girl who charms her way through life, becomes the centre of attention in Kubrick’s controversial epic, set in the fifties.

Kubrick loosely interprets Vladmir Nabokov’s 1958 novel which follows Humbert’s perverse desire for Lolita, a 12-year-old girl, played by Sue Lyon, an actress who was 20-years-old during the release of the film. However, the film still polarized critics for its explicit depiction of Nabokov’s tale, and in the end, many scenes had to be removed from the original cut.

The 54-year-old protagonist jumps through several loopholes to finally get to Lolita only to be abandoned for another man. But, this doesn’t stop him from crawling back, when she cries for help.

Kubrick is partially successful at twisting this blatantly perverse novel that was once Nabokov’s, into his own.

 

Lolita
director STANLEY KUBRICK
year 1962 
director of photography OSWALD MORRIS
cast JAMES MASON, SHELLEY WINTERS, SUE LYON and PETER SELLERS

 

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