Lolita (1997)

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Director Adrian Lyne adapts Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita for the second time after Kubrick's 1962 adaptation. Lyne amps up the erotic element, which wouldn't have been allowed for Kubrick to do in 1962. This version plays more like an erotic thriller than a dark comedy, which I guess you'd expect from director Adrian Lyne. There is awkward sexual tension and humor in this film but the jokes don't land because Lyne has never done comedy. Jeremy Irons plays Humbert Humbert with serious intensity while Dominique Swain plays Lolita effectively. Melanie Griffith is probably too attractive to play Lolita's mom (why would Humbert reject her?), and Frank Langella as Clare Quilty is not as fun as Peter Sellers was in Kubrick's version. The movie is scene for scene a more faithful adaptation of Nabokov's novel, but it seems longer than Kubrick's version even though the runtime is shorter. Without the wit of Kubrick or Nabokov it drags on. Still Lyne provides some memorable imagery and erotic tension, and it's worth seeing for fans of the book.

Lolita is a 1997 French-American drama film written by Stephen Schiff and directed by Adrian Lyne. It is the second screen adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's novel of the same name and stars Jeremy Irons as Humbert Humbert and Dominique Swain as Dolores "Lolita" Haze, with supporting roles by Melanie Griffith as Charlotte Haze, and Frank Langella as Clare Quilty.

The film had considerable difficulty finding an American distributor and premiered in Europe before being released in America, where it was met with much controversy. The film was picked up in the United States by Showtime, a cable network, before finally being released theatrically by The Samuel Goldwyn Company. The performances by Irons and Swain impressed audiences, but, although praised by some critics for its faithfulness to Nabokov's narrative, the film received a mixed critical reception in the United States.

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