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Lolita (1997)

A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter.

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Director: James Mangold
Stars: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall
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Humbert Humbert, a British professor coming to the US to teach, rents a room in Charlotte Haze's house, but only after he sees her 14-year-old daughter, Dolores (Lolita), to whom he is immediately attracted. Though he hates the mother, he marries her as this is the only way to be close to the girl, who will prove to be too mature for her age. They start a journey together, trying to hide they're not just (step)father and daughter, throughout the country, being followed by someone whom Humbert first suspects to be from the police. The profound jealousy, and maybe some guilt from the forbidden love, seem slowly to drive the man emotionally labile. Written by Luis Canau <luis..canau@mail.EUnet.pt>

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Rated R for aberrant sexuality, a strong scene of violence, nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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$62,000,000 (estimated)

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DEM 498,340 (Germany) (4 January 1998)

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$1,400,000 (USA)
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In Australia, the film was held back from release, due to concerns about promoting pedophilia. It was granted release in 1999 with an R rating. See more »

Goofs

When Quilty plays the concerto's opening theme on the piano, his hands are ascending, but the music is descending. However, the piano continues to play when he leaves it, indicating that it is in fact a player piano, and he was not playing the piece at all. See more »

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Humbert: [voiceover] She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks, she was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always - Lolita. Light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin. My soul.
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Humbert: Lolita.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits are over there is a brief clip where Lolita is shown juggling a red apple. See more »

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Written by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown
Performed by Jo Stafford (as Cinderella G. Stump) and Red Ingle & His Natural Seven
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Art is a divine game
11 September 2006 | by (Malta) – See all my reviews

I had read Nabokov's book and watched the older movie too. What i liked about this more recent version is Jeremy Irons playing the part of Humbert Humbert and so precisely. This film in my eyes had a certain Kubrick quality to it. This is high souled genius if you ask me with a fervent faith that art is a divine game. and that pleasure in art consists in following the moves of the game with the artist himself when he communicates his own playful and Godlike bliss. Poet and pervert, Humbert becomes obsessed with twelve year old Lolita and seeks to possess her, first physically and then artistically, out of love. The magic of nymphets. This is a dizzying seduction, a masterpiece in a strange dimension, very rich. Lolita is a major work in fiction, equally intense as wildly funny. A Medusa's head with trick paper snakes chewing gum. Beautiful and original, pervasively and continuously funny, with a humour that is both savage and farcical which comes to a most interesting and I repeat most interesting and unexpected ending.


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