Lolita (1962)

Stanley Kubrick offers us a tale of lust and obsession with this classic.

Lolita, a manipulative teenage girl, has her way with a manipulative professor who is a tenant in her home. Circumstances allow the two to leave the town and masquerade as father and daughter until Lolita drops him. 

Since the film is 37 years old, interactions are very proper and formal which when juxtaposed with the subject matter can be a little difficult to interpret. Appearances are indeed more deceiving than they might be today.

The pacing of the film is slow - it is 2.5 hours long - but it has an effect of generating tremendous amounts of tension between the professor and Lolita. Peter Sellers plays a very strange man and does that quite well, though it seems a little out of place - though he's probably there to show how awful the professor is even though he appears normal.


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