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Lolita (1997)

Cast: Jeremy Irons, Jeremy Irons, Melanie Griffith, more...
Director: Adrian Lyne, Adrian Lyne
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Studio: Lions Gate
Genre: Drama, Erotica
Running Time: 137 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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This title is currently out of print.

Adapted from the novel by Vladimir Nabokov (previously filmed by Stanley Kubrick in 1962), Lolita stars Jeremy Irons as Humbert Humbert, a college literature professor. In early adolescence, Humbert fell hopelessly and tragically in love with a girl his own age, and, as he grew into adulthood, he never lost his obsession with "nymphets," teenagers who walk a fine line between being a girl and a woman. While looking for a place to live after securing a new teaching position, he meets Charlotte Haze (Melanie Griffith), a pretentious and annoying woman who seems desperately lonely and is obviously attracted to Humbert. Humbert pays her little mind until he meets her 13-year-old daughter Lolita (Dominique Swain), the image of the girl that Humbert once loved. Humbert moves into the Haze home as a boarder and eventually marries Charlotte in order to be closer to Lolita. When Charlotte finds out about Humbert's attraction to her daughter, she flees the house in a rage, only to be killed in an auto accident. Without telling Lolita of her mother's fate, Humbert takes her on a cross-country auto trip, where their relationship begins to move beyond the traditional boundaries of stepfather and step-daughter. Lolita proved to be controversial in the United States due to its clear (if not explicit) depiction of sex between a middle-aged man and an underaged girl; no major studio was willing to release it in America, and it finally had its U.S. premiere on the Showtime cable network. This version, directed by Adrian Lyne, was publicized as being more faithful to Nabokov's book than Stanley Kubrick's adaptation (which was scripted by Nabokov himself); however, it manages to be closer to the letter of the novel without capturing its spirit and tone as well as Kubrick did. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Commentary by Director Adrian Lyne
  • Casting Session with Jeremy Irons and Dominique Swain
  • "On the Set" special
  • Never-before-seen footage
  • Cast and Crew Bios

GreenCine Member Reviews

Disappointment. by speakreflection October 3, 2006 - 10:09 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Having read the book and seen the first movie. This version of the controversial book is very flat. The weakness that Jeremy Irons portrays I feel isn't what Humbert Humbert was in the book. Dominique Swain plays "Lo" with an almost maniac fire but at times takes the mania road to far as to leave someone wonder why Humbert has fallen so far into his condition over her.
And although I haven't read the book in awhile, I don't remember Quilty being anything more than a figment in Humbert's demented imagination. I don't ever expect a movie to match a book phrase for phrase but Lyne's vision seem to just take the barebones plot from the book and picture it up with great cinematography.
Also any erotic nature in the book was removed from the movie due to public outcry supposedly.. but I just don't see the connection in this movie. The one thing I felt was better than the Kubrick version was the explanation of Humbert's condition. The losing of his first love at an extremely delicate time and age.

Very disappointing this Lolita is. In all colors.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 6.36)
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