"How did they ever make a movie of 'Lolita?'" was the clever advertising copy for Stanley Kubrick's controversial adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's enduringly scandalous classic. The answer includes an Oscar®-nominated screenplay by Nabokov himself (although it bears only a slight resemblance to the film Kubrick made) and tweaking Lolita's (a precocious Sue Lyon) age to 14 (12 in the book); plus expert performances by Shelley Winters as her comically deluded mother Charlotte and the ever-urbane James Mason as Humbert Humbert, whose mild manner and charming erudition mask the most unruly of passions. Keep an eye out for Peter Sellers as Humbert's romantic rival Clare Quilty, lurking about early and often in a variety of disguises. DIR Stanley Kubrick; SCR Vladimir Nabokov, from his novel; PROD James B. Harris. U.S./UK, 1962, b&w, 153 min. NOT RATED
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