Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0001462, Wed, 20 Nov 1996 10:38:05 -0800

Entertainment Weekly LOLITA (fwd)
From: Andy Shaindlin <shain@umich.edu>

Entertainment Weekly LOLITA article 11/20/96

I just read the article on the web at


and was surprised at director Adrian Lyne's comment about the screenplay of
the original "Lolita" film:

"Nabokov's screenplay is as bad as his novel is magnificent...He murdered
his book."

Having just read Nabokov's (admittedly-revised) own screenplay, and some
descriptions of the changes wrought by Kubrick before filming (including
Schiff's comments), I am surprised that Lyne would refer to the filmed
version as "Nabokov's screenplay." Does anyone else find this surprising?

Also, doesn't he sound disingenuous when he says "If people don't have a
problem with the book, why would they have a problem with the movie? This is
a *classic*..." The answer to me seems to be two-fold: 1) the visual impact
of actual sex scenes in the film, as opposed to the imagined images of the
more subtle Nabokov text in a reader's mind, and 2) it's the book that's a
classic, not his film.

Andy Shaindlin