Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Sue Lyon (Lolita),James Mason (Humbert), Shelley Winters (Charlotte), Peter Sellers (Quilty)
Country: USA; Effed Up American Cinema
Language: English (Optional Eng Subs)
Genres: Old-Young Relationships, Teen-Childhood
Plot – Spoilers:
What makes Lolita truly unique is – there’s probably no other controversial topic where a book on it is widely acknowledged as a literary masterpiece and later the movie adapted from it, also counted among the greatest.
Humbert, an elderly professor, arrives in New Hampshire looking for lodging to spend the summer. Widow Charlotte’s house seems ok, but she’s talkative and flirty which isn’t what Humbert’s looking for, to get some writing done. And even though Charlotte squeezes her tits against him a couple of times, Humbert’s all set to look elsewhere when he chances upon her 14-year-old daughter Lolita, sunning herself in the garden. From there, Humbert careens down a precipitous slope, a slope that in its early tracks finds him jealous of Lolita hanging out with boys, then progresses to fondling Charlotte’s relatively aged body while eyeing a photo of Lolita by the bedside, before getting more daring and demanding.
Lolita is either a perverse account, a doomed love story or just humans being unpredictable, strange, vile and vulnerable – it all depends on the viewer’s life experiences and perspective.