A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet.A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet.A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet.
The screenplay could not have been written better by the master himself. When someone has read the book they'll know what i mean when i say that it seems almost impossible to make a film of it. The book is so complex, psychological and plays at so many different levels, that on screen, people wouldn't be able to make sense out of it. But the screenplay that Nabokov wrote was a lot more accesible and could therefore reach a bigger audience.
The controversial novel was talked about a lot in its time and i think Stanley Kubrick, always controversial and provocative, was the perfect director to make a film out of it. And he did. The theme of sexual obsession is handled very subtle, but it IS being handled, and that gives the film the tension and controverse that we find in all of Kubrick's films.
The film made a big impression on me, as the book did, but even more, they made the same impression on me, which satisfied me a great deal.
Great film of a great book.
- Nov 1, 2001