NABOKV-L post 0006550, Wed, 15 May 2002 08:17:40 -0700

Provocative 1997 treatment of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita ... (fwd)
From: Sandy P. Klein <>

by Andrew Sarris

Adrian Lyne's Unfaithful, from the screenplay by Alvin Sargent and
William Broyles Jr., loosely based on Claude Chabrol's La Femme Infidèle,
brings to mind Vittorio De Sica's crypto-Marxist, anti-"white telephone,"
pre-neorealist aphorism to the effect that adultery is the only drama of
the middle class. Mr. Lyne is no stranger to adultery and other forms of
illicit sex on the screen; throughout his career, he has stopped
considerably short of outright pornography, but gone well beyond
traditional inhibitions against explicit carnal expression. The critical
verdict on previous Lyne leer-fests like 911/42 Weeks (1986), Fatal
Attraction (1987) and Indecent Proposal (1993) has been, at best, very
mixed. And, of course, his provocative 1997 treatment of Vladimir
Nabokov's Lolita took full advantage of the relaxation of censorship
since Stanley Kubrick's 1962 version, in which the verbal virtuosity of
Peter Sellers served as a comic diversion from the nitty-gritty of
nymphet worship.

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