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Why would Ms Winters (and Ms Griffith later on) play such a foolish and matronly character as Lolita's mother? If her career as a minor sex symbol weren't already on the downswing, that role surely lurched her further in that direction.
It's simple.Shelley Winters was a serious actress, and Charlotte Haze is a fantastic role. I thought she was amazing in it; a force of nature.Besides, I think she knew by the mid 50s that she was going to end up a character actress.
No one ever told Kubrick anything. If he needed your input, he would query it from your subconscious at his leisure.
He was the english director of the sixties/eighties. no one was like him. I still watch Barry Lyndon / A clockwork orange to this day and they remain fresh. Just look at the difference in the two style of film. He started out as a photographer.
There has never been a completely succussful ' Lolita ' made. I thought that James Mason was very miscast in the original and the second one was more impressive by it's cinematography than anything else. Althoug enjoyable it never really got to the essence of the story. If you want to watch Mason's last and probably best film, watch ' The shooting party' the sound and picture quality are not the best but it is otherwise a great film. Gosford Park with a little more depth.
Even though the later version of Lolita was a closer take of the novel, I always thought Kubrick's version was a better movie.
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