It told the basic plot line of the obsessive love of a mature literature professor for a pubescent nymphet 12 years old in the original novel in an aura of incest. During the film's production, however, it was marked by the threat of censorship and denial of a Seal of Approval from the film industry's Production Code. The film was remade by Adrian Lyne in , and was considered much more controversial. The film's publicity posters asked the tagline: She wore heart-shaped sunglasses and licked a red lollipop.
Indeed, at the time of the film's making, sexual freedom and content had not advanced to the point of acceptance commonly seen today. Lolita's opening credits, however, contained some of the most overtly-erotic, idealizing images of the entire film - designed to set the tone of the film. They hinted at pedophilia during a pedicure during which the over-controlling and possessive male protagonist expressed sexual jealousy.
The First Views of Lolita Sue Lyon The first view of nubile, young, sultry twelve-year-old daughter, Dolores 'Lolita' Haze Sue Lyon - a fourteen-year-old television actress in her screen debut was as she languidly sunbathed on a blanket on her backyard's garden lawn, listening to a transistor radio.
The tempting, precocious, iconic, underaged nymphet was wearing a two-piece bathing suit and wide-brimmed sun-hat, and eyed by the passion of middle-aged professor Humbert Humbert James Mason. Lolita's mother Charlotte Shelley Winters tempted him to board in their home with her "cherry pies.
But when it was announced that Lolita would be attending summer camp two hundred miles away, Humbert's face suddenly expressed understated consternation at the thought of Lolita's departure. She hugged him in the upstairs hallway before leaving.
To be near Charlotte's seductive child so that he could proceed with his nymphetomania, Humbert realized that he must marry Charlotte.
Opportunely, Charlotte was killed when she ran out of the house and into the path of an oncoming automobile in the street, before revealing Humbert's secret obsession with her daughter. Humbert, now Lolita's official guardian, drove the Haze station wagon to pick her up from summer camp. The aptly-named camp sign welcomed him: He confessed his love for the not-so-naive Lolita: You know, I've missed you terribly. I haven't missed you. In fact, I've been revoltingly unfaithful to you.
But it doesn't matter a bit, because you've stopped caring anyway. What makes you say I've stopped caring for you? Well, you haven't even kissed me yet, have you? The film was noted for the scene of Humbert's overnight stay at a hotel with Lolita, where he willingly accepted the only room available for his planned 'seduction' - Room - "it's only got one bed.
The next morning, she gave him a coquettish, whispered suggestion to play a game that she had learned at camp with a boy named Charlie, while seductively twirling the hair on his head with her finger followed by a discrete fade to black.
About four years later, it was revealed that Lolita had gone through "much sadness and hardship. Lolita was very unlike the sultry, sleek young girl he had remembered a few years earlier. She admitted to having had a continuing affair with another of the film's prominent characters, TV writer Clare Quilty Peter Sellers , another pedophile. Tragically, Lolita had been robbed of her childhood and youth by both Humbert's affections and Quilty's exploitative, sordid relationship with her.
In the film's epilogue, Humbert's car drove headlong into the fog toward Quilty's mansion - he was insanely motivated to commit murder for Quilty's duplicity and his part in seducing, running off and abandoning Lolita. Also, "Humbert Humbert died of coronary thrombosis in prison awaiting trial for the murder of Clare Quilty.
Production delays and the expense of Fox's epic Cleopatra resulted in the firing of Marilyn, although she had been re-hired and was to resume production in October of It was to be considered her come-back film.
Then the film was permanently halted when Monroe died of a drug overdose on August 5, at the age of She had taken the role of married Ellen Wagstaff Arden. The most highly-anticipated scene, which would have been the first nude scene in an American sound film by a major star, was a well-publicized nude swimming pool scene. It was reported that the star gave up her nude body covering. It was notable as the first major Hollywood film to be open about the subject of lesbianism even while restrictions were being imposed by the Production Code, but it was harshly criticized as lewd, tawdry, and sleazy.
Its Oscar-nominated title song had the tagline: The hookers at the Doll's House bordello more opulent in the film than in the novel, with a jazz band and a bar were managed by lecherous, iron-willed, villainous lesbian madame Jo Courtney Barbara Stanwyck - the first US actress to portray a lesbian in a feature film , who was sexually disinterested in her disabled husband. Prostitutes working at the brothel included: Hallie Gerard Capucine , an artist,the wayward 'one true lover' of naive, crusading Texas drifter Dove Linkhorn Laurence Harvey Kitty Twist 24 year-old Jane Fonda in her third film role , an amoral, rebellious, teenaged vagabond "You think I'm just a tramp, don't you?
Jo was possessively in love with her own employee, Hallie, and in the film's most homoerotic scene, Jo tried to intimidate her when Hallie expressed a desire to marry Dove, her true love in Texas from four years earlier, and run off with him: But if you think the world is your oyster, go ahead and take it.
But how do you think the boy is going to feel when he finds out what you are, what you've been? After all, a girl like you has so much to offer a man - a knife to cut his heart out. But go on and tell him. Tell him about the days and nights of Hallie Gerard.
Tell him about the mud you've rolled in for years. Hallie collapsed on the couch behind her Better throw this one back, Hallie.
Don't try to fool him with lies, and don't try to fool me with lies, for his sake. If you won't tell him, I will You may be weak, but I'm not. I'll find your dirt farmer, I'll tell him, and that'll be the end of that.
You've had a brief dream of young love and candy kisses. And it's all so foolish, it's all unreal. Hallie, if you have any feeling for that boy, let me break it off. Let me tell him. I-I owe him that. The lustful Kitty was vengefully involved in a plot to betray and blackmail Dove into leaving Hallie forever.
Also, Jo had Dove severely beaten. The Accidental, Tragic Shooting Death of Hallie Capucine By film's end, Hallie suffered for her perverted profession according to Production Code dictates - she was accidentally shot in the stomach when the gun of Jo's bodyguard Oliver Richard Rust went off during a struggle with Dove in Teresina's cafe and she died in Dove's arms.