Lolita (1962)

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Avg Rating: 4.3 / 5. Voted: 33

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AKA:
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)
Runtime: 02:33:29
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.

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The White Horseman
The White Horseman
February 19, 2022 9:12 am

Quite a bit weak. Not Kubrick’s strongest and definitely not Sellers’ greatest performance. Lyon is not naughty enough. Fabulous original book though, but somehow weak adaptation of it.

boredelephant
boredelephant
Reply to  The White Horseman
February 19, 2022 8:58 pm

you gotta consider the dumb censorship kubrick had to submit to

Dont use my avatard
Dont use my avatard
Reply to  boredelephant
February 22, 2022 4:21 am

Which is very evident from his later works. Plus consider the time this movie was made 1961 a time period of conservative it wasnt until the 70s that government agency felt like they could lower their guard but that was thanx to hippies and how large it was thrown to the fore

Saidnuf
Saidnuf
Reply to  The White Horseman
February 20, 2022 1:25 am

Haven’t read the book but my take is that in our current understanding, the “naughtiness” of Lolita should be a projection of the pedaphile’s infatuation. It certainly need not be “her fault.” He’s a rapist and pedophile. Lolita’s innocent remains supreme.

disturbing_nerd
disturbing_nerd
Reply to  Saidnuf
February 21, 2022 12:49 am

Read the book! You’re absolutely right, and the book just highlights that projection. I think everyone should read it.

Eevie
Eevie
Reply to  disturbing_nerd
February 27, 2022 8:44 pm

Agreed!

Zed Man
Zed Man
February 19, 2022 4:57 pm

we just need the Hubert Humphry and Dominique Swayne version haha

PedoALERT
PedoALERT
February 20, 2022 12:06 am

Kubric the nonce at it again

Blaze
Blaze
February 20, 2022 8:29 am

I don’t know what these idiots are talking about.This is a really good movie,But I liked the sequel with Dominique Swayne alot more.

Headcheese
Headcheese
February 20, 2022 4:47 pm

what a whore

Dr. Lecter
Dr. Lecter
February 20, 2022 6:09 pm

Lolita… The only piece of Russian literature to make it into pop culture music. (Don’t Stand So Close To Me by The Police) I’m thinking there are a couple versions of this “book by Nabokov”, the later one being a bit more spicy… but I might be wrong there. Doesn’t Shelly Winters do annoying really, really well? I mean there were a few times she was speaking directly to the pimp hand…. and that made the movie that much more enjoyable. I do have one question though. Who in the hell name’s their kid “Humbert Humbert”?!

As always, thank you for the diversion you naughty little EUMers. Lord knows we all could use it.

disturbing_nerd
disturbing_nerd
February 21, 2022 12:43 am

In my opinion, this is the best film adaptation of Lolita, but still not an accurate portrayal of the horror, disgust (and even hilarity) of the original novel. Read the book! Or if you can, listen to Jeremy Irons’ performance of the novel on Audible.

Dont use my avatard
Dont use my avatard
February 22, 2022 4:16 am

Boy Harsher – Escape

Pal
Pal
February 22, 2022 6:08 am

I’ve tried to play Option 2, but something is wrong… Does it works to you?

oleWhatsHisName
oleWhatsHisName
Reply to  Pal
February 22, 2022 6:45 am

its you works fine here

Pal
Pal
Reply to  oleWhatsHisName
February 22, 2022 8:40 am

Thanks

Zed Man
Zed Man
February 24, 2022 12:45 am

EUM dudes, whats with all the pedo movies lately? Are there some skeletons in your closet? Suffice to say, Im not a fan of anything involving children being abused, raped and killed. Thats just sick shit that belongs in the trashcan.

Zneed Man
Zneed Man
Reply to  Zed Man
February 24, 2022 1:28 am

This movie is part of pop culture history the guy who made it, Kubrick is one of the most well know guys in Hollywood. The subject of the movie is taboo but every movie on this website is taboo unless you consider hacking people to pieces, fucking dead corpses or cannibalism is normal then the admin should have made your skeleton list A Long Time ago.

Ignorantpos
Ignorantpos
Reply to  Zed Man
February 24, 2022 5:07 am

You think “sick shit that belongs in the trashcan” and a site called effed up movies have no correlation???

What are you even doing on this site man?

Zed Man
Zed Man
Reply to  Ignorantpos
February 24, 2022 8:19 am

U may enjoy CP stuff, but I dont. Just sayin. Surely I can have an opinion.

Karen
Karen
Reply to  Zed Man
February 25, 2022 11:15 pm

I don’t think this counts as CP. I haven’t seen the film yet but I doubt it has children having sex.

Anabelle
Anabelle
Reply to  Zed Man
May 16, 2022 7:56 am

Isn’t this a critique on pedophelia? Did you even watch the film before you commented? The guy ends up in tatters while she remains happy with a younger man her age. She kind of broke him. I didn’t get this as a film that glorified cp at all. Not sure what your tirade was about.

Sir Sitsalot
Sir Sitsalot
Reply to  Admin
February 24, 2022 12:37 pm

If only there was a word for people who makes their own sayings to age like milk real fast.

Zed Man
Zed Man
Reply to  Admin
February 25, 2022 12:19 am

Yeah, I did write that didnt I? Im just reiterating what I have said many times before. Dont like pedo stuff, but if others want to get off on it, good luck to them. Kubrick is a great director with some really good films but imo this aint one of them. Sorry if I offended anyone, just stating my opinion.

Zneed Man
Zneed Man
Reply to  Zed Man
February 25, 2022 1:06 am

How many times you gonna say it? Keep on going like a whiney ass baby. We heard you first 2 times. Gotta give EUM credit for having patience with you

Zed Man
Zed Man
Reply to  Admin
February 25, 2022 8:32 am

Point taken. You are correct, I didnt think of it in that context. Will not mention it anymore. Cheers.

Butch Coolidge
Butch Coolidge
Reply to  Admin
February 27, 2022 8:35 am

Elegant way of calling this useless an idiot. What type of cunt comes to a website called Effedup movies to try to give moral lessons??? I know: an annoying, pathetic looser!!!!

MR BRIMSTONE
MR BRIMSTONE
Reply to  Admin
March 7, 2022 5:36 pm

Another fact that the general public is not aware of is that science has never found a correlation between media entertainment of any kind and antisocial behavior. The arbitrary criteria for what’s dangerous that that weak little pussy postmaster Hayes couldn’t prove it. LBJ’s study couldn’t prove it, that piece of shit reagan and his Meese commission couldn’t prove it and no one else has proven that such correlation exist either. That makes all such statements unsupported.invalid crap.

MR BRIMSTONE
MR BRIMSTONE
Reply to  Admin
March 11, 2022 5:31 pm

I realize that I keep coming back to this comment thread but what you have said is so true. Catharsis in today’s society is seldom ever mentioned but it works. The way I see it, it’s my trauma and Zed Man or anyone else telling me how to deal with it is an act of victim shaming. Sorry for the p.c. concept being introduced. It’s just true.

Anabelle
Anabelle
Reply to  Admin
May 16, 2022 8:20 am

So true! It is a form of catharsis, it’s what keeps me from being another Aileen Wournos lol jk

Bad movie joe
Bad movie joe
Reply to  Zed Man
February 24, 2022 6:30 pm

What is the name of the website? Also Lolita is a classic story. If you don’t like it fine, but the book is a literary classic with like 3 film adaptations. It’s nobodies fault you didn’t know what to expect.

Dr Skillington
Dr Skillington
Reply to  Zed Man
February 27, 2022 2:29 pm

It is unbelievably jarring how you consistently try to take the moral highroad by reiterating a popular societal opinion on a taboo subject on a site that is primarily built on messed up movies in the first place, especially on a movie that is exceedingly censored on the topic of which you’re describing, all the while chastising the admin as if they’re the ones who made these movies.

Nobody cares about your holier-than-thou attitude, particularly on topics that normally people consider depraved anyway, so stop desperately trying to seek admiration and painting yourself as some sort of a shining golden god of supreme morality on the basis of “stating my opinion.”

MR BRIMSTONE
MR BRIMSTONE
Reply to  Dr Skillington
March 8, 2022 4:00 pm

And like most people, he doesn’t even have His semantics right! Pedo is zero to ten. Hebephilia is 11-14. Ephebophillia is 15-18. The system, fucked as it is, makes these fair distinctions because it would not be just to make Nabokov’s perpetrator suffer the same sentence that a pathological pedophile would be given. As a matter of fact, when I worked in the mental health field and in clergy, you rarely even heard Pedo used by anyone.

Ceafall
Ceafall
Reply to  MR BRIMSTONE
May 2, 2022 3:25 am

Woah, I thought pedophiles is the only term used for sexual attraction to juveniles. I just learned something new today. Thanks for sharing~

MR BRIMSTONE
MR BRIMSTONE
Reply to  Zed Man
March 9, 2022 3:11 am

You talk some absolute McCarthyist, Witchhunt bullshit like that against EUM Admins and you wonder why everyone is practically crucifying you!? Self righteous hysterics like you are the reason that ppl go to prison for pissing behind a dumpster while the real predators sink underground running sex slavery rings. To hear you tell it, EUM just put some film on the site that you’d have to go on the dark web to find! You say “I have a right to an opinion don’t I!” Sure if your “opinion” doesn’t include made up facts and outright slander!

You would do well to get care. The kind of care that teaches you to observe ppl and things mindfully and nonjudgmentally before posting shit that just makes you look like a really pisspoor troll or a damn god idiot!

iambehindu
iambehindu
February 24, 2022 1:41 am

my favorite Kubrick!

MR BRIMSTONE
MR BRIMSTONE
Reply to  iambehindu
March 7, 2022 5:13 pm

I can see why you’d feel that way. And I understand why we all love Clockwork Orange and the shining. But imo, the most brutal and underrated film by the all time greatest director of all is (believe it or not) Eyes Wide Shut. I wouldn’t piss on Scientology Tommy if his balls were on fire. But he turned in the least over acted, most sincere performance of his career. Why? Because only Stan would be brutally sick enough to take two actors in the middle of a real divorce, have sex (simulated or not idk) with each other, all against the backdrop of a sex cult. I even kinda felt sorry for Tomboy when he was crying in Kidman’s arms over his tormented thoughts of forced cuckolding. And the way she babies him about it…pure honesty. Again, no one could be wonderfully sick enough to do some shit like that but Kubrick! LEGEND.

Anabelle
Anabelle
Reply to  MR BRIMSTONE
May 16, 2022 8:35 am

Omg Im so excited you said this. That is my favorite film of his. I only watched it this year. I didnt understand how crazy it was so I never watched it. Now I KNOW. Wow. It’s a crowning achievement. I love all the conspiracy theories behind it and all the symbolism. It’s like a puzzle he left behind. I love the Shining until I saw this film.

An_Oldboy
An_Oldboy
Reply to  MR BRIMSTONE
May 16, 2022 9:54 am

Not my favorite Kubrick film but your rationale for giving it the top listing is spot on. Kubrick really was an exceptional Director who nailed the mark across so many film genres ….

kvothe
kvothe
February 24, 2022 6:36 am

good movie, usually movies with this much hype tend to fall quite short of my expectations; this movie wwas much more than I had anticipated and now I’m definitly picking up a copy of the book.

Bad movie joe
Bad movie joe
February 24, 2022 6:34 pm

I only saw the remake as a kid. To make it worse as a kid starting puberty, so I was like what’s the big deal. I wanna bone her too. Now that I’m not 12 I’m like Broo that’s a little girl.

AAA
AAA
March 7, 2022 9:18 am

Y’all, just because someone likes a movie with kidnapping and grooming in it doesn’t mean they condone it in real life. Just like a slasher fan doesn’t encourage murder in real life. Let’s use our brains and critical thinking skills.

MR BRIMSTONE
MR BRIMSTONE
Reply to  AAA
March 7, 2022 11:33 am

How dare you! Didn’t you know that things like critical thinking, intellectual honesty and non judge mentalism should never exist in society in place of hysteria, moral panic and pop culture ethicism!? Who the fuck are you to deny someone a ticket to the theater of your mind!? Even if it is your mind, that kind of castle doctrine thinking should not exist in a free and healthy society! You, sir, are someone who could stand a little more reeducation. The kind that great men like Joseph Goebbels and Joseph McCarthy would have been proud of. Now be a good boy and thank our victim feminist virtue signalers by giving them the respect they deserve! After all, all they are doing is upholding traditional values like sex negative sexual repression. Xtian orthodoxy with a thin veneer of pseudo humanism painted over it…How can you complain about that!

I will pray to the ghost of Area Dworkin for your salvation.

Wtf dude
Wtf dude
Reply to  MR BRIMSTONE
March 10, 2022 2:02 pm

Well, aint ya a f*cking idiot? lol

MR BRIMSTONE
MR BRIMSTONE
Reply to  Wtf dude
March 11, 2022 8:00 am

Apparently you don’t understand sarcasm. Cast your eyes skyward and you will see several comments that I have made condemning censorship and those who advocate it.

I can’t fucking believe I had to explain this to anyone!

Anabelle
Anabelle
Reply to  Wtf dude
May 16, 2022 8:38 am

Woosh

Dr. Lecter
Dr. Lecter
Reply to  MR BRIMSTONE
March 11, 2022 8:08 pm

Do you mean “Andrea Dworkin? The amazingly unattractive and annoyingly vocal porn critic? Being she was so damn ugly it was all she could do to be so close to so many fapping….

Anabelle
Anabelle
May 16, 2022 8:07 am

Definitely not Kubrik’s best work but great film for the time. I haven’t read the book although I have been meaning to for years. I found it funny how all the adults were so neurotic. And Kubrik must have had a teenage daughter when he made this, because his portrayal of a teenager female is spot on. They are truly that annoying sometimes lol Not sure why men are so obsessed with girl’s at this age. They are so immature. I was as well. But hey, it’s their funeral. This man almost got a heart attack with her antics. He definitely wasn’t up to the challenge. His possessiveness is what drove her away. He thought he had it made by locking up his rapunzel, but he got what was coming to him. She was the one in control the whole time. Im not sure how accurate that would be in real life. Mostly a girl her age taken away from her family would have more Stockholm syndrome. A girl her age wouldn’t know how to manipulate an older man like that. Maybe if she had grown up on the streets or something. But not a girl like this. Idk just observations about the subject matter. I may be wrong but that’s my 2 cents.

I hate dumb bitches
I hate dumb bitches
Reply to  Anabelle
July 24, 2022 12:23 am

The movie is based of the perspective of a pedophile that’s his own delusional mind portraying her as seductive and manipulation you fucking idiot. She was innocent all along a victime.

muffles
muffles
Reply to  I hate dumb bitches
July 24, 2022 3:47 am

The books is alledged to have been writien by nabokov`s wife. It is also alledged to be subtly talking about Shirly Temple but that is giong full tin-hat.
Although it may never make it to here people should watch Birght Eyes because its as fucked up as many films on here:
A girls mum having to slave for a rich family because her husband has died. Her husbands mates take a liking to the little girl and let her stay over once in a while. The day her mum gets run over (her birthday) they take her up in a plane, let her dance and show off her panties before passing her around to sit on everyones knee. All happy in the knowledge that one of they will take home the prize of this newly orphaned vixen.
Back to Stanley he failed because he chose an actress far to old for role compared to the book and as such gave it an ambiguity about who was exploiting who.
I know people will start to throw PIE at me but young girls can be massively flirtatious as they learn to be women and normal men deal with it like adults. The trouble is some men are a little to enthralled at the attention and cross the line. This story is about such a weak-minded man. She is not innocent she is a normal girl growing up. It was her mother who was the actual criminal because it was her mother who alllowed things to happen. I know we live in a world were the victim is somehow completely devoid of blame but in the not so distant past this type of thing was dealt with by people in the community preventing it through gossip and a watchful eye. As for her being manipulative. Young girls learn that as well.
I do suggest people read the book because the film is quite far removed from the original story.

Ceafall
Ceafall
June 1, 2022 4:11 pm

Imagine if you are in Lolita’s place and you have no preference for old guys (what’s more that’s her stepfather lmao), it would be creepy as hell (assuming you’re aware of the norms).

I’m amazed how Lolita was very comfortable with… too many skinships (well, maybe that’s just part of their culture). To be fair, she really had a strong mind going along with her stepfather’s whims to take a break from school and just randomly travel anywhere. Considering that the actual events of that story might be distorted in Prof. Humbert’s eyes, I’m beginning to become curious as to what are Lolita’s actual thoughts about these experiences.

In the movie, she seemed to come off as immature because she was still a young girl, but I don’t think she’s dumb enough to be not aware of what her current situation is.

As for Prof. Humbert, I think he genuinely loves Lolita that is why he chose to wait till she reaches at least the legal age to make a move on her (but then she got pregnant with another man’s child). However, it is also somehow contradictory to his actions throughout the story. There were times that he took advantage of her innocence. He didn’t show fking respect, courtesy, and his limitations as a decent man or as a stepfather (except the beginning and the ending scenes). He didn’t even properly guide Lolita in the ways of the world as an adult. In the first place, if he did his job as a parent properly, Lolita wouldn’t be pregnant with a guy whom she barely knows and still be able to continue her life as a student.

Also, I think he was also a bit incompetent when wooing Lolita, or maybe he wasn’t just the type of Lolita so that’s why he failed to get her heart in the first place.

“Well, that’s just the way it is,” Lolita said.