">Name: Stanley Kubrick's "Lolita"
Artist: Stanley Kubrick (Director), Vladimir Nabokov (Writer of the novel)|
Confronting Bodies: Catholic Legion of Decency
Date of Action: 1961
Specific Location: United States
Description of Artwork: The novel, "Lolita," which was published in 1955 and quickly became a classic, follows the seduction and sexual relationship of a middle-aged man with his twelve-year-old stepdaughter. It has been both praised as a masterpiece and denounced as pornography.
Working closely with Nabokov, the film was watered down considerably. Lolita's age was raised to make her a teenager, no provocative clothing was worn, any scene remotely sexual was watered down to being merely implied and further obscured by comedy. Even though the PCA further required dialogue muted and scenes cut short, it eventually got their seal.
However, even after being cut, the Catholic Legion of Decency still condemned the film for "offering unrelieved sexual depravity."
Critics were divided saying the film adaptation had lost the novel's shock value and had lost its purpose in the editing.
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