LOLITA

Director Stanley Kubrick
Year 1962
Starring James Mason, Sue Lyon, Shelley Winters, Peter Sellers
Run Time 152min
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Stanley Kubrick's LOLITA is a brilliant and sly adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's celebrated and controversial novel of a middle-aged man's doomed sexual obsession for a precocious "nymphet" girl.

Humbert Humbert, a divorced British professor of French literature, travels to small-town America for a teaching position. He allows himself to be swept into a relationship with Charlotte Haze (Shelly Winters), his widowed landlady,  in order to pursue her 14-year-old daughter, Lolita, with whom he has fallen hopelessly in love. Made from a double-entendre-filled script by Nabokov himself, Kubrick’s road movie/comedy of manners/Old World-meets-New World satire/tale of erotic obsession features Peter Sellers in one of his greatest, most unhinged roles and is shot in beautiful black and white. An uncomfortable, subversive, black comedy masterpiece.

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