USA 152, B&W
Director: Stanley Kubrick; Cast: James Mason, Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon, Peter Sellers
Set in the 1950s, Lolita is the story of a literature professor who becomes infatuated with the flirtations teenage daughter of Charlotte, his lonesome and sexually-frustrated widowed landlady. As Charlotte, Shelley Winters is wonderful in her role as the overbearing and jealous mother who pursues her daughter’s admirer with tragic results. As a comedic-drama Lolita is a heavily censored version of the novel by Vladimir Nabokov of the same name. Despite the censorship of the period, the film remains controversial for the complex nature of Lolita’s relationship with her increasingly jealous step father who attempts to control every aspect of her life (Klaus Ming May 2010).