Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0004487, Sat, 16 Oct 1999 12:05:26 -0700

American Beauty (fwd)

I am so glad someone else noticed! Below is the message I sent to Don
privately earlier today

Galya Diment

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 1999 11:03:01 -0700 (PDT)
From: Galya Diment <galya@u.washington.edu>
To: Don Johnson <chtodel@humanitas.ucsb.edu>
Subject: American Beauty

Dear Don,

............there are echoes of Lolita in American Beauty
(which is a great film, by the way, made me wish he and not Lyne had done
Lolita). The basic situation of a 40+ man dreaming of having sex with a
teenager (covered with rose petals in his dreams) is familiar enough but
then one discovers that her last name is Hayes. Maybe a coincidence -- but
maybe not.

And then there is of course the whole business of "Russian Beauty" --
"American Beauty" but that may be going too far..


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