"I havent missed you.
In fact, Ive been revoltingly unfaithful to you."
Lolita Haze (Sue Lyon)
"Looks better with every passing year. Sellers and Mason are marvelous."
Danny Peary, GUIDE FOR THE FILM FANATIC
Stars: James Mason, Shelley Winters, Peter
Sellers, Sue Lyon
Director: Stanley Kubrick
- Vladimir Nabokovs controversial, sensational
novel Lolita was originally published in France in 1955, making
its official U.S. debut three years later.
- Kubrick and his producing partner, James B. Harris,
purchased the rights to the novel for $150,000, a large amount at
- Their first attempt at a screenplay adaptation,
written by Calder Willingham, ended with Humbert and Lolita getting
married, a concession to the censorship standards at that time.
- However, no one liked this ending and Kubrick
decided to try to be as faithful to the book as the standards would
allow. The major change was to make Lolita a young teenager, older
than the twelve-year-old in the book.
- Among the actors considered to play Humbert were
Laurence Olivier, David Niven and James Mason, who eventually won
- Sue Lyon, a 14-year-old actress from Iowa, was
cast as Lolita, after Kubrick had looked through photos of over 800
- Peter Sellers, heavily booked at the time, shot
all his scenes as Quilty during 14 days around Christmas of 1960.
- The film was a hit when it was released in June
of 1962, garnering acclaim for Kubricks direction and the performances
of James Mason, Peter Sellers and Shelley Winters.
Newly arrived in Ramsdale, New Hampshire, European
émigré Humbert Humbert is smitten. He plans to marry Charlotte
Haze. That way hell always be close to his dear one Charlottes
Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick explores the theme of
sexual obsession (a subject he would revisit 37 years later in Eyes
Wide Shut) with this darkly comic and deeply moving version of Vladimir
Nabokovs novel. James Mason plays devious, deluded Humbert: wedded
to needy Charlotte (Shelley Winters); rivaled by the ubiquitous Clare
Quilty (chameleonlike Peter Sellers); and enraptured to his gelatinous
core by the blithe teen (Sue Lyon) with that "lovely, lyrical,
lilting name" Lolita.
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