Lolita

Less genuinely ecstatic in its portrait of paedophiliac obsession than Nabokov's novel - Kubrick is too cold and distanced a director ever to portray happiness, it seems - but nevertheless far more satisfying than his later works (one hesitates to call them mere movies). 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. Kubrick manages to handle the moral and psychological nuances with surprising lucidity, but the decision to indulge Peter Sellers' gift for mimickry in the role of Quilty tends to scupper the movie's tone. Fascinating, nevertheless.

Release details

Duration: 153 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Screenwriter: Vladimir Nabokov
Cast: James Mason
Sue Lyon
Shelley Winters
Peter Sellers
Diana Decker
Jerry Stovin
Gary Cockrell
Marianne Stone

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3.8 / 5

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Frank TALKER

Very good movie that is not like the book, but good on its own terms. Like Barry Lyndon, the humor is subtle but very funny about how Whites handle their emotional relationships - all the while pretending that they are above that sort of thing. The talk about passion is a mere substitute for the real thing here and one almost feels sorry that the desperation for love should attach itself so inappropriately to a precocious young girl who knows how to milk it for all it is worth.

Frank TALKER

Very good movie that is not like the book, but good on its own terms. Like Barry Lyndon, the humor is subtle but very funny about how Whites handle their emotional relationships - all the while pretending that they are above that sort of thing. The talk about passion is a mere substitute for the real thing here and one almost feels sorry that the desperation for love should attach itself so inappropriately to a precocious young girl who knows how to milk it for all it is worth.