On this day in 1962, Stanley Kubrick‘s Lolita was released. One of the most controversial films ever made, it was subject to severe censorship because of the Hays Code and had an “X” rating in Britain at its time of release. Yet today, it has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is readily acknowledged to be one of the most influential films of the 20th century.
It was this film that brought Kubrick to the status of auteur rather than mere film director. And yet, even after being released over fifty years ago, those who have read the novel still wonder: How did they ever make a movie of Lolita?
- Warped Fairytales: A Day at the Kubrick Exhibition, LACMA (acollectivemind.wordpress.com)
- Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (kottke.org)
- Stanley Kubrick Collection (ritholtz.com)