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Lolita

(DVD - 1999 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Lolita


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The story of the passion of a middle-aged man for a young teenager.
Title: Lolita
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Warner Home Video,, 1999.
Edition: Widescreen version.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (153 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Not rated.
Special features include: scene access, awards, theatrical trailer and soundtrack and subtitle language selection.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1961.
Based on the novel by Vladimir Nabokov.
Summary: The story of the passion of a middle-aged man for a young teenager.
ISBN: 0790760134
0790743116
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA
PN1997 .L83 1999
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Report This Mar 29, 2014
  • PatrickLongworth1969 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A fairly interesting film though I found that Peter Sellers' character detracted from my enjoyment of the film though usually he is an actor that I enjoy. His humour - such as it was - and the different characters he played and ultimately the manner he used throughout the film were not in sync with the tone of the film, in my opinion. Shelley Winters' character is one who you want to feel sympathetic towards - especially when her advances are initially rejected then taken advantage of by the male widower. The young woman is initially appealing in her strength and weakness but once she has deserted the step-father then she is revealed for being little more than someone who uses others.

Report This Aug 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A bizarre movie. Absorbing, but bizarre. Kubrick was forced to water down the provocative content of Nabokov's novel by the "Legion of Decency". The portrayal of the ephebophile Humbert Humbert (Mason) felt strange, as he was refined, debonair, and even sympathetic. The actors, including Mason, were first rate, across the board. There was only one Peter Sellers - just a comic genius. His manner, his timing, just his face cracks me up. Dr. Zempf WAS the predecessor of Dr. Strangelove, though. Same character, no difference. Shelley Winters was successfully unlikable as Lolita's man-hungry mother. And 14 (!) year old Sue Lyon gave a remarkable depiction of the young jailbait nymphet, very mature. Kubrick, and some other directors of the time: Elia Kazan, Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder... I think they enjoyed testing (or were frustrated with, or both) the rigid boundaries of the 'morality squad'. Not the typical milquetoast drivel.

fantasy that children are asking to be raped is somewhat out of date

Report This May 27, 2011
  • macabrescribe rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Lolita is a good character study. Mason and Lyon played their roles equally well. However, I'm not a fan of the film's length. There is nothing wrong with long movies, but this one did not work as well as others. And I do not understand why it is such a touchy movie with some people. It is only a movie from 1962 that incorporates pedophilia and statutory rape. What's so bad about that? Never mind... Well done, Mr. Kubrick.

Report This Nov 05, 2010
  • TheJoker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The movie is really true to the book! Peter Sellers was outstanding as Humbert Humbert's rival Clare Quilty.

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Report This Aug 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Charlotte Haze: "Do you believe in God?" Humbert Humbert: "The question is, does God believe in me?"

Report This Aug 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Humbert Humbert (to Lolita): "I want you to live with me and die with me and everything with me!"

Report This Aug 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Humbert Humbert: "Quilty! ...Quilty!?" Clare Quilty (hungover, under a sheet covered chair): "Ah, wha'...? Who's there?" Humbert Humbert: "Are you Quilty." Clare Quilty: "No, I'm... Spartacus. You come to free the slaves or sumpin'?"

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