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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
Great performances, cinematography, but I struggled getting past the "creepy" factor.Published 12 days ago by Jason Harris
The book Lolita is rated as one of the world’s 100 best books ever written. ( Look it up for yourself if you are in disbelief) The Lolita movie editor included questionable and... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
so accurate to the book! Wish we could of watched it in class.Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
This adaptation of Nabokov's novel is completely accurate and stunning through the actors. The music is just beautiful in the soundtrack and the ending is humanly tragic, it allows... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Katie C
Okay, read the book first. Therefore four stars are all I could give this movie based on the book. Glad I read the book Nobokov is a genius writer.Published 1 month ago by Carlos Flores
Not as good as the book, but ironically, much better than the '68 Kubrick movie, which Nabokov wrote the screenplay for. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. K. Pentecost