Lolita: The Original Saucy Minx

If there was ever an equal book-to-film adaptation, then Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov and Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 film adaptation, would be the definitive one.  Playing Saturday, August 1st, 7:30pm as part of LACMA’s “Weekend Series: James Manson on Film,” it’s not to be missed. Manson’s performance as Humbert Humbert in the pre-pubescent sexual thriller marked the age of progressive cinema where boundaries were pushed to their moral limits without superfluously explicit sex-scenes. Manson left nothing– and yet everything– to the imagination, in the quest of his sexual obsession with the young, sexually inclined teenaged Lolita, making his performance one of the most legendary of all time.

In this film, it is as if the words themselves became the images; images, which respected the entity of Nabokov’s controversial best-selling novel by means of a great director and sound screenplay adaptation. Celebrated French nouvelle vague director Jean-Luc Godard, once called Kubrick’s film, “a simple, lucid film, precisely written, which reveals America and American sex better than Melville.”  For those who have never seen the film and for those who relish to see it again, large and in all its glory, this screening is your chance.  Perhaps this time on the big screen, you’ll discover something new in Humbert Humbert or in his love for Lolita. 

You might like to note: In addition to LolitaLACMA is also screening a variety of other renowned 1950-1970 films, which are sure to spark your interest. If you go to a double feature, the second film is just $5!

- By Andrea F. Pagliai 

Lolita will be screened at LACMA this Saturday, August 1 at 7:30pm. For more information, please call (323) 857-6010 or click here.

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