July 29, 1995
Regarding British director Adrian Lyne's upcoming attempt to remake the film "Lolita" ("Not Your Average Nymphet," Calendar, July 14) and his comments that "I could make a movie about a 13-year-old girl getting chopped up and eaten and no one in the United States would say anything." Well, I am here to say to Lyne: Wrong! No matter how you package garbage, no matter what label you put on it, garbage is still garbage. Whether it is labeled satanic cannibalism or erotic, gratuitous sex, it's garbage.
January 30, 1992 |
I can remember the ad campaign for "Lolita" clearly. It was 1962, I was 9, and the advertising suggestively screamed "How did they ever make a movie out of 'Lolita'?" Then there was Sue Lyon, the 14-year-old unknown chosen to play novelist Vladimir Nabokov's most famous erotic symbol. Her pretty adolescent features were the top of beauty to a kid just beginning to sense the links between aura and sex appeal.
July 22, 1998 |
When towering Abraham Lincoln met tiny Harriet Beecher Stowe, or so the story goes, he peered down at the woman whose "Uncle Tom's Cabin" had inflamed the North against slavery and said, "So this is the little lady who started the big war." And so it is on finally seeing "Lolita." Shown to and refused by studio executives early in 1997, debuting in Europe in September and finally opening in Los Angeles 10 months later for a one-week Academy Award-qualifying run before going nationwide Aug.
May 14, 2003 |
What do Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Humbert Humbert have in common? Not much, at first glance -- the stern leader of Iran's Islamic revolution; the depraved but eloquent antihero of Vladimir Nabokov's most famous fiction, "Lolita." But U.S.-educated Azar Nafisi, who taught Western literature at universities in Tehran from 1979 to 1995, knows better. Khomeini was a visionary who tried to drag Iran back to the 6th century, the time of the prophet Muhammad.
September 28, 1986 |
"The Enchanter" is a dark, agonized, involuted novella (55 typewritten pages in the original) that Vladimir Nabokov wrote in 1939, the final work of Russian fiction he would produce. The next year, he emigrated to America, and some time after that, he felt so dissatisfied with this "first little throb of 'Lolita' " that he destroyed the manuscript.
October 24, 1999 |
Speak, memory. It was 1947, October, maybe November. I was in the Ramsdale Orpheum with my Uncle Eddie watching his pal Dutch Reagan in one of those feel good war shorts, when she walked in with her mom and the man we later came to know as Humbert Humbert and sat down in front of us. I don't think she knew who I was, except for some guy in her seventh grade class.