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Lolita (Region 1 Import DVD): Stanley Kubrick
Lolita (Region 1 Import DVD): Stanley Kubrick

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Lolita (Region 1 Import DVD)

Stanley Kubrick; Performed by Various Artists; Starring James Mason

Series: Stanley Kubrick Collection

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When director Stanley Kubrick released his film adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel about a hopelessly pathetic middle-aged professor's sexual obsession with his 12-year-old stepdaughter, the ads read, "How did they ever make a film of Lolita?" The answer is "they" didn't. As he did with his "adaptations" of Barry Lyndon, A Clockwork Orange, and, especially, The Shining, Kubrick used the source material and, simply put, made another Stanley Kubrick movie--even though Nabokov himself wrote the screenplay. The chilly director nullifies Humbert Humbert's (James Mason's) overwhelming passion and desire, and instead transforms the story, like many of his films, into that of a man trapped and ruined by social codes and by his own obsessions. Kubrick doesn't play this as tragedy, however, but rather as both a black-as-coffee screwball comedy and a meandering, episodic road movie. The early scenes between Humbert, Lolita (a too-old but suitably teasing Lyons) and her loud, garish mother (Shelley Winters in one of her funniest performances) play like a wonderful farce. When Humbert finally fulfills his desires and captures Lolita, the pair hit the road and Kubrick drags in Peter Sellers. As the pedophilic writer Clare Quilty--Humbert's playful doppelgnger and biggest threat--Sellers dons a series of disguises with plans of stealing Lolita away from her captor. It's here more than anywhere that Kubrick comes closest to the novel. He extends Nabokov's idea of the games and puzzles played between reader and writer, Quilty and Humbert, Lolita and Humbert, etc., to those between filmmaker and audience: the road eventually goes nowhere and Humbert's reality is exposed as mad delusion. Perhaps not a Kubrick masterpiece, or the provocative film many wanted, Lolita still remains playfully fascinating and one of Kubrick's strongest, funniest character studies. --Dave McCoy

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Studio: Warner Home Video
Country of origin: United States
Series: Stanley Kubrick Collection
Release date: June 2003
Movie released: June 2003
Directors: Stanley Kubrick
Performers: Various Artists
Actors: James Mason
Dimensions: 137 x 190 x 17mm (L x W x T)
Format: DVD
Running time: 2 hours, 32 minutes
Region encoding: This DVD will not play in all South African DVD players. You should only buy this if you are sure that your DVD player can play region 1 disks.
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LSN: XLG-7PE-510-1

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