Moviedrome Mondays: Lolita (1962)

Since I could not find a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing legendary master filmmaker Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 black comedy-drama Lolita, readers will have to rely on Cox’s intro transcript (read here). The episode’s original airdate was August 2, 1992 (read here). While I may strongly disagree with Cox’s lambasting of Kubrick’s then previous two films (I loved both The Shining and Full Metal Jacket), I do nod in agreement with him regarding Lolita – though I personally think that I may love the film more than he does. Given that Lolita is loosely based on literary giant Vladimir Nabokov’s equally controversial 1955 bestseller of the same name, it truly is surprising that Kubrick’s 1962 adaptation, though tame compared to the book, works as tremendously as it does. Kudos especially to it’s lead actors, which include James Mason as Humbert Humbert, Shelley Winters as Charlotte Haze-Humbert, Sue Lyon as Dolores “Lolita” Haze and especially Peter Sellers as Clare Quilty. If any of you readers are interested, here is a link to my favorite Stanley Kubrick films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

6 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: Lolita (1962)

  1. I agree with Paul S. Perfect description.
    The Jeremy Irons remake was good, but it was a little pornographic, wasn’t it?
    At any rate, also read the book while in school, and from what I remember, it was funny but weirdly sad too. A strange topic. I forget what the deeper meaning was supposed to be.

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