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Lolita (1962)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  12 June 1962 (USA)
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A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet.

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Gary Cockrell ...
Richard T. Schiller
Jerry Stovin ...
John Farlow
Diana Decker ...
Jean Farlow
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Nurse Mary Lore
Cec Linder ...
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Bill Greene ...
George Swine
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Mrs. Starch
Marianne Stone ...
Vivian Darkbloom
Marion Mathie ...
Miss Lebone
James Dyrenforth ...
Frederick Beale Sr.
Maxine Holden ...
Miss Fromkiss
John Harrison ...
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Humbert Humbert, a divorced British professor of French literature, travels to small-town America for a teaching position. He allows himself to be swept into a relationship with Charlotte Haze, his widowed and sexually famished landlady, whom he marries in order that he might pursue the woman's 14-year-old flirtatious daughter, Lolita, with whom he has fallen hopelessly in love, but whose affections shall be thwarted by a devious trickster named Clare Quilty. Written by filmfactsman

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Peter Sellers modeled the voice of his character Clare Quilty on that of his director, Stanley Kubrick. See more »

Goofs

When Humbert comes through the door in the beginning of the movie, he walks by a painting in the hall. Some moments later he is shot through the same painting on the stair case. When Quilty is first shot in the leg, a covered chair is visible at the top of the stairs, it isn't until Humbert reloads and Quilty makes it to the top of the stairs that we see the painting that he hides behind before being shot. See more »

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[first lines]
Humbert Humbert: Quilty! Quilty?
Clare Quilty: Ah, wha? Who's there?
Humbert Humbert: Are you Quilty.
Clare Quilty: No, I'm... Spartacus. You come to free the slaves or sumpn?
Humbert Humbert: Are you Quilty?
Clare Quilty: Yeah, yeah, I'm Quilty, yeah, sure.
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Polonaise in A major, Op. 40, No. 1
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Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played by Quilty on the piano during the film's opening scene.
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One of the finest films of The Sixties
14 August 2003 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

8/10

Kubrik's version of Nabokov's tale of a middle-aged professor's self-destructive obsession with a young schoolgirl. Making a film that dealt with underage sex was considered impossible in 1962 due to the strict censorship regulations. Kubrik manages to get round this by merely alluding to sexual encounters and subtle wordplay and symbolism creeps into several scenes. He also raises the girl's age from 12 in the novel to 14 in the film. Lolita is also rich in Kubrik's trademark dark humour.

The three central characters of the novel are all portrayed more than adequately in the film; James Mason as the smitten professor, Shelley Winters as the suburban widow with pretensions of culture and Sue Lyons as the young nymphet. However, it is Sellars' performance as the creepy eccentric Clare Quilty (a relatively minor character in the book) that steals the show and, ultimately, makes the film. The opening scene (which is the ending of the film) is an outstanding testament to his talent and versatility. The said scene gives the film the same "circular structure" used by David Lean in "Brief Encounter".

My favourite moments include; Quilty's re-introduction to the film at the school's summer ball as the camera pans across the dancefloor and subtly reveals a look of comic ambivalence on his face as he dances with his lover, Humbert awkwardly trying to book the only remaining hotel-room at the police convention and Humbert again trying to teach the cynical Lolita the joys of Edgar Allen Poe's poetry.

I thoroughly recommend this film. My only complaint is the length - the final third seemed to drag a bit.


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