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Jeremy Irons is perfectly cast as Humbert, and captures the kind of clueless social fumbling and bumbling which is a large part of the character in the novel. Humbert is not comfortable around people of any age. Domenique Swain, in her first role, pulls off an acceptable version of the title character, both vulnerable and crafty. Although Frank Langella is no Peter Sellers, his rendition of Clare Quilty is much more realistic and true to the novel - even the over-the-top death scene with the ballet-like movements and red spit-bubble is almost straight from the book. A real problem was casting Melanie Griffith as Charlotte - unfortunately she was completely wrong for the part - being too shrill and light.
The cinematography was excellent. The feeling of travel - 27,000 miles in the course of a couple years, and geography plays a substantial part in the book, and was well represented in the movie.
Beautiful score by Morricone, who also did the well-regarded "The Mission" score.
For all the good things in the movie, the same three things in both the Lyne and Kubrick versions bother me, as I feel it robs Humbert of some nuance to his character:
1. No mention of first wife. He was not always just into nymphets.
2. No mention of second wife, Rita, (and taping the goodbye note to her navel so she would find it).
3. The last page and a half from the book was left out. This is possibly the most moving passage of the novel - when Hubert offers his apology for all his nastiness, and his admonition to Lolita, and the revelation that neither Lolita nor Humbert are alive as we read the book, and his pathetic summation...Read more ›
It's about how everyone wishes, but for one moment, to ever possess an ounce of that extraordinary power of beauty and youthfulness that only a privileged few ever seem to have.
It's about how some memories of pleasure you experience as a child will remain forever living in your heart, not at all like yellowing old photos in an album, or decaying flowers in a vase. About how much we are all like children, in that sense of living things in a super intense immortal way, when we are truly, devastatingly in love.
Most of "Lolita"'s evocative, poetic power is vastly due to Enio Morricone, a living genius. To watch the movie as basically a video clip to his soundtrack is to merely do him justice. For the words, Jeremy Irons' voice is a dream come true.
Some might swim in the waters of other anguishes and desires while watching it. I'll swim in mine.
This story is about how grown men sexualize young, teen aged girls. Most men (if they are honest) would love to have sex with them. This film is just "a big tease" in an attempt to excite men's most inner sexual desires. Story line: Find a young girl stupid enough to let you screw her!
The only reason I gave this empty film two stars is there are a couple of scenes of the young actress' beautiful bare feet! Its a foot fetish's delight for sure.
If they were allowed to show them having some hot, sexually tense S&M sex scenes....it would have really been a definitive modern day classic! The director and studio got themselves into a lot of hot water just to produce the film the way it is, however its a much watered down version of what everyone really wants to see! If you want something really hot to watch with your dirty pig-let girlfiend's....buy "The Image" on DVD. It was made in 1975 back when the studio's still had the political climate to make sexplotation flicks for all of us...out there, who want to get our women hot before we do them! Believe me...women love the "rough stuff" sex films...this movie fails miserably on multiple levels to excite me or my...wife!
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The movie is great, but this DVD of it is terrible.
The image quality is so poor, downloads of it are better. It isn't widescreen, or full screen. Read more
This film is well acted and the story line is well thought out and produced. Dominique Swain is a delectable Lolita. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2013 by Bernard S. Creighton
Ageless Lolita by Nabokov.
Weird, depressing, but true and believable love story. Love does not respect age or moral values; it is above law, logic, reason, and sex. Read more
The original 1962 Kubrick version of this movie is so much better, he actually captured the essence of this film. The remake is completely cheesy; it pales in comparison. Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by alex
How good did Adrian Lyne have to be to compete with Vladimir Nabokov and Stanley Kubrick in his 1997 version of the great "Lolita"? Read morePublished on July 17 2004
It is interesting to compare this movie and its predecessor, to "Pretty Baby."
Some critics claim "Lolita" is a true love story. I disagree. Read more
Reviewers who compare this film unfavorably to the Kubrick film, that starred James Mason(!) and Peter Sellers are out-to-lunch! Read morePublished on April 20 2004 by Madrok
I do remember seeing this movie on TV a long time ago, during a free Showtime run. I recently watched the DVD version. Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by Frank L. Gould