Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0005344, Tue, 11 Jul 2000 18:24:11 -0700

films based on novels (fwd)
From: Thomas E.Braun <cawriter@usa.net>

David Lynch -- you mean, have Humbert treat Charlotte and/or Lolita the way
the Dennis Hopper character treats Isabbel Rosselini in "Blue Velvet"? Yes,
interesting -- though not very relavant to Nabokov. I'll tell you who would
have been fascinating to film "Lolita": Hitchcock. He always used the theme
of the man who is being followed and persecuted by sinister forces. It would
have worked wonderfully for Humbert's paranoia, fears of the police and the
real pursuit by Quilty. Hitch has a great sense of humor, too, of which the
novel is full. Also, imagine Hitckcock's legendary visual imagery on, say,
the seduction scene at the Enchanted Hunters and Humbert's approach to Pavor
Manor. Of course, Hitchcock would have wanted to use some "ice blonde" for
Lolita. But he still could have cast Melanie Griffith, the daughter of his
one-time obsession Tippi Hedren, in the film. After Hitchcock's death, a good
try might have been made for a new "Lolita" by Brian de Palma, whose "Body
Double," "Blow Out" and "Dressed to Kill" showed a good feel for Hitchcock's
ideas. On a completely different note, what about someone like Stephen
Frears, who directed "Dangerous Liaisons"?

Tom Braun

Galya Diment <galya@u.washington.edu> wrote:
> From: Camille Scaysbrook <verona_beach@hotpop.com>
> It depends on your definition of `screw up'. I always consider the test of
> great piece of art is that it can never effectively move from one medium to
> another. That doesn't preclude film adaptations, which in many cases manage
> to be both a completely different and completely effective kettle of fish.
> If anything, the Adrian Lyne Lolita failed because it was *too* reverent to
> its subject matter. Personally, I wish the other director who had been
> the rights had got them - David Lynch. It would have had nothing to do with
> the book, but boy would I have liked to have seen it!
> Camille Scaysbrook
> > > >*** As far as birthdays go, today is also Marcel Proust's, b. 1871.
> > > >Tomorrow is E.B. White's. GD**
> > > >
> > > >From: Scott Hart <ssamuelhart@home.com>
> > > >
> > > >Films should not be made from excellent novels. They always, I mean
> > > >always,
> > > >screw it up!

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