Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0026646, Sun, 22 Nov 2015 02:40:19 -0500

L* sighting ~ 12 Great Movies About Forbidden Romance

12 Great Movies About Forbidden Romance

By Indiewire <http://www.indiewire.com/contributor-indiewire> |
18, 2015 at 12:11PM
"Lolita" (1962)
[image: "Lolita"]

Scandalous for its sordid subject material, "Lolita" is Stanley Kubrick’s
adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s masterpiece about a professor named
Humbert Humbert who falls obsessively in love with his underage
stepdaughter. Boasting a tagline that reads, "How did they ever make a
movie of 'Lolita?,'" the film’s portrayal of love is just about as
forbidden as it gets. Played by a 14-year-old Sue Lyon, Lolita is a
gum-chewing, soda pop-drinking, ticking time bomb set to blow the decidedly
conventional life of James Mason’s Humbert right up. For all of its
controversy, the film actually shies away from depicting anything too
provocative due to severe censorship at the time. Regardless, Kubrick’s
film feels less a watered-down adaptation than a darkly comic and sharply
suggestive film that makes us hyper-aware of everything we do not see.

**Barrie Karp

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