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Indeed it is true that Humbert is a child at heart, a fact which becomes clear early in the movie, when we learn a little bit about Humbert's first encounter with love and its subsequent painful and unexpected loss.
It seems impossible to not compare Lyne's version with Stanley Kubrick's version, made over 35 years ago. I have to admit that I am an avid Kubrick fan, and that I always thought his version of Nabokov's novel, if not faithfully reproduced, was a classic. So it was that with apprehension (and some morbid curiosity) I decided to watch Lyne's version. Boy was I blown away.
It is a terrible thing that our society as a whole, at this day and age, can't see pass the taboo that apparently clogs the story. It is sad because Lyne's LOLITA is an excellent and beautiful film in every respect. From Lyne's carefully crafted visual style, to the outstanding performance given by both Swain but especially by Irons (this is his movie), to the heart-breaking music score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone. Everything is in place here.
It is clear that Lyne has a profound understanding of the novel, he successfully directs the story in a way the slowly engulfs you and never seems to fall into the traps that plagued Kubrick's version.Read more ›
This film version succeeds where Stanley Kubrick's 1962 version failed in remaining true to the spirit of Nabakov's vision. I can't recommend it highly enough. It's just a shame that the self-serving hypocrisy of the studio heads involved prevented its American theatrical release when so much commercial swill packed with violence and degradation of all kinds passes for entertainment in this country.
In the novel Humbert maintained he, "...had the utmost respect for ordinary children with their purity and vulnerability....But how his heart beat when, among the innocent throng, he espied a demon child...maidens who, to certain bewitched travelers, twice or many time older than they, reveal their true nature which is not human, but nymphic (that is demoniac)". It is this delusional obsession of his that traps Lolita. Ultimately in the depths of his remorse and self-hatred for what he has done to her,and to cleanse himself of his obsession, he murders the debauched Quilty,who has "cheated me of my redemption". Viewers will want to read the novel to experience Nabokov's marvelous art and the full range of Humbert's ironic intricate character.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved the book by Nabokov, and I feel that this rendition was the most faithful to the essence of the book. I would recommend reading: "Reading Lolita in Tehran."Published 8 days ago by Artemis
I love Nabokov for putting into writing such an eloquent outcry on behalf of the victims of pedophilia. Read morePublished 14 days ago by A. J. Morrow
Long a favorite film of mine, Adrian Lyne does a superb job of directing both Jeremy Irons and Dominique Swain, a much better version of this story by Vladimir Nabokov. Read morePublished 22 days ago by H. Bruce Logsdon
Very sad movie. I decided to watch it because of its influence on Lana Del Rey, and I can see why she loves it so much. Great acting, interesting plot, depressing ending. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Understanding that this movie is not meant to advocate for or promote pedophilia or the sexualization of young girls, but was meant more as a way of showing exactly how toxic it... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Beth
Truly not the greatest movie.. It was mentioned in a movie I was watching so I rented for like a couple bucks. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
it was alright. I feel bad for Humbert because i really do believe he loved her but i don't think he needed to sleep with her till she was of agePublished 1 month ago by Ryann