Film Trace
Film Trace
Film Trace
Lolita (1962) and A Taste of Honey (1961)
1 hour 1 minutes Posted Nov 12, 2022 at 6:30 am.
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The first film in our Risqué Romance cycle is Stanley Kubrick's infamous Lolita (1962).

We start out this new season by tiptoeing through the minefield that is Lolita, a notorious film adaptation of the even more notorious novel by Vladimir Nabokov. It is hard to fathom that housewives and bankers were reading Lolita on the subway in the 1950s, but that is how popular this novel was during the Eisenhower years. This classic unfilmable novel is bizarrely translated by Kubrick, which greatly aggravates the problematic nature of the story. Chris and I debate whether we could even call this a romance film.

For our chaser film, we discuss an often-overlooked kitchen sink drama from England, A Taste of Honey (1961). Where Lolita stumbles all over the place trying to say something profound, Honey says it with the smallest of glances and touches.