Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0026220, Mon, 8 Jun 2015 17:06:18 -0300

ENC: [NABOKV-L] Curiosities about Kubrick,
Lolita's age in the movie and Sue Lyon singing Lolita Ya-ya -
Former posting: " -Kubrick only had one
<http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/amk/doc/0069.html> regret about the film:
"She was actually just the right age. Lolita was twelve and a half in the
book; Sue Lyon was thirteen. I think some people had a mental picture of a
nine-year-old. I would fault myself in one area of the film, however;
because of all the pressure over the Production Code and the Catholic Legion
of Decency at the time, I believe I didn't sufficiently dramatize the erotic
aspect of Humbert's relationship with Lolita."

Present posting: A friend of mine, Luiz Fernando Gallego, observed that Sue
Lyon's age, as recollected by Kubrick, couldn't have been thirteen ( to VN's
"twelve and a half") at the time of the filming or even during the
interviews for casting her in the role. Other descriptions of Kubrick make
him come forth as someone who is obsessively precise in his movie-making.
Why Lolita's age became such a shifting ground of approximations?
The first source I checked confirms age 14 for the actress [
http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/amk/doc/0069.html]. In the Wikipedia we
read that "Suellyn Lyon was born on July 10, 1946 in
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davenport,_Iowa> Davenport, Iowa. When she was
14 years old, she was cast in the role of Dolores "Lolita" Haze, the
sexually charged adolescent and the object of an older man's obsessions in
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Kubrick> Stanley Kubrick's 1962 film
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolita_(1962_film)> Lolita [...] Lyon was
still 15 when the film premiered in June 1962."

In short, Wikipedia and three other sources attest to her being "14 years",
including Sue Lyon herself during an interview Cf.
http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/amk/doc/0106.html e
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOLtXhPYxoM - actually, she was almost
sixteen at the time of the movies premiere (one month to go before she
turned 16).

During the googling process, I read that "Lyon recorded two songs for the
film, which were released on an MGM 45 rpm record. The song "Lolita Ya Ya"
(Riddle-Harris) appeared on side A, and "Turn Off the Moon"
(Stillman-Harris)* appeared on side B.".
Here we can hear her:



*On side B:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwHKEzn2lP8. There's also a gross montage
using the theme: <http://www.yourepeat.com/watch/?v=_Cfih-Qc6-I>

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