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Lolita: A Screenplay (Vintage International) Paperback – International Edition, August 26, 1997
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But I think we can doubt if he ever saw a traditional screenplay in his life, although he'd been an extra in some German films of the 1920s. THIS certainly doesn't look like a screenplay. It has passages squeezed into one or two flowery paragraphs that would have taken up two days of screen time.
But no matter how hard he tried, he seems to have been unable to suppress his gift for humor, irony, and originality. He has John Ray, Jr., Ph.D. introducing the story on the screen, referring to "This here manuscript." He's written himself into the screenplay as "that nut with the net over there." (His character makes gentle fun of the author.) And he leaves directions that play tricks with the camera and the editing, as if the entire enterprise were to be his own personal puppet show.
It's not a screenplay, not a book, and it never became a movie. It's an original work though, a revision of the classic novel. Not without evidence of some lapses in attention. Lolita is caused to use some British locutions -- "I shall do this," or "I'd quite forgotten" -- that sound funny in a smart but vulgar American kid.
I have some problems with Nabokov's personality. Some artists are egotists but VN was a true champion at the game.Read more ›
As a work of art, it is most certainly a great piece by itself, but to readers who are expecting this to be another masterwork like the novelized Lolita or Pale Fire, this pales in comparison.
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Why should one read VN’s screenplay of Lolita? First, because it’s an enjoyable 2-hour alternative to re-reading the novel — “purely as a vivacious variant of an old novel,” as VN... Read morePublished 12 months ago by TFN III
I was not very impressed with this book at all. I found the writing to be much too artificial. At the very first paragraph of Humbert's narrative, I found myself a bit put off by... Read morePublished on October 5, 2010 by M. Cromwell