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Weird, depressing, but true and believable love story. Love does not respect age or moral values; it is above law, logic, reason, and sex. Very fine line between pedophilia combined with latent incest and melancholic romance. Final scenes could be omitted, they don''t fit into the main plot.
Lolita is included on Time's list of the 100 best English-language novels, it is 4th on the Modern Library's 1998 list of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th century, and on World Library's list of one of The 100 Best Books of All Time.(Wikipedia)
Charles Dickens wrote of his favorite character, David Copperfield, that "he has a disciplined heart", and Lyne brings this eminently sane, innately forgiving love of all the novel's characters to this controlled, beautifully scored and accurately scripted film.
Lyne's closing note on the deaths of Humbert and Lolita (only a month apart, in November and December, 1950 - he of coronary thrombosis in prison, and she of complications in childbirth) tolls like a clear and gentle cathedral bell. It signals the end of an obsession comparable to the medieval idea of courtly love - which had absolutely nothing to do with marriage, but plenty to do with high-quality, sublime booty - and the end of a truly good film: a masterpiece of appreciation.
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.
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toute parfait le dvd la pochette le période de temps de livraison
il fonctionne très bien je suis très satisfait merci
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
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
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