Art in all its forms has various ways to provoke viewers, from paintings, music to cinema, artists show a rebellious side. In the case of cinema, there have been an endless number of films that have caused commotions due to their complex themes that address situations that border on the limit. Many of these are considered classics and others have been forgotten.
Movies are largely based on reality to tell their stories and we may or may not like those realities as viewers. A film that caused both a stir and disgust, mainly because of its story, was lolitawhich premiered in 1997. Based on the homonymous novel by the Russian writer Vladimir Nabokov, lolita follows a 40-year-old pedophile who falls in love with a 12-year-old girl.
There is no doubt that the plot itself is controversial, however, Nabokov’s work published in 1955 is his best known work and is considered a literary masterpiece. As in the novel, the film lolita, directed by Adrian Lyne, stars Humbert Humbert, an elderly professor who moves to Ramsdale, a small town, after he has accepted a job at Beardsley College. At his house he meets Charlotte Haze, who lives with her teenage daughter, Dolores, nicknamed Lolita. Seeing her he remembers her girlfriend from her youth because of her physical relationship and begins to become obsessed with the young woman.
As happened with Vladimir Nabokov’s novel, the film aroused several controversies for portraying pedophilia and pedophilia openly. lolita It is a somewhat difficult story to digest due to the controversial plot, but it should be noted that both in Lyne’s novel and in Lyne’s film, Humbert’s vision is portrayed and never Lolita’s. The idea of the film is to show the point of view of this pedophile who is madly obsessed with a 12-year-old girl. At no time is there an attempt to demonstrate reality, which is why this film has aroused as many passions as heartbreak.
At first glance it may seem like a love movie between Humbert and Lolita, even romanticizing this type of relationship, but the story goes far beyond that. Through the details that the director leaves, it is possible to see that he is a 40-year-old man sexualizing, assaulting, and manipulating a minor.
If we omit the provocative premise of lolita we will discover a film well directed by Lyne and that has very successful performances by Jeremy Irons like Humber Humbert, Dominique Swain like Dolores “Lolita” Haze, Melanie Griffith as Charlotte Haze –Lolita’s mother– and Frank Langella like Clare Quilty.
For those who are interested in seeing one of the best films of 1997 with good performances and with a premise outside of the Hollywood standard, lolita is available in HBO Max.
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