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(Review originally written at 27 September 2005)

This movie is typically Kubrick. It has an unusual atmosphere, subtle humor and is filled with some marvelous, unforgettable, artistic scene's, which all helps to make "Lolita" an unforgettable movie experience.

The story is both original and daring even though the movie never really goes far or deep into things. But considering that it was 1962 when this movie was released still makes it fair to call this movie a daring one. It's a story that begins as perhaps innocent illegal love but later turns into an unhealthy obsession. The movie is about two and an halve hours long but the movie never feels dull or slow, which is probably mainly thanks to the masterful storytelling by Kubrick.

The performances by the cast are really excellent. James Mason is great as the leading (gentle)man of the movie. Very good and certainly very enjoyable in his role is Peter Sellers who plays a character that can take many identities. A kind of character that Sellers always loved to play. Some other fine roles are portrayed by Shelley Winters and by Sue Lyon, in the title role.

But most credit once more has to go to Stanley Kubrick who manages to create the perfect atmosphere for the movie and gives the scene's lots of style and artistic beauty. It may not be the best movie in the world, the movie has too many little flaws for that but the movie most certainly is a memorable one, which makes it also a must see for everyone.

9/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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