Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0023341, Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:49:24 -0400

Re: Seduced young girl: Tristana (Galdós/Buñuel)

And of course Tristana, like Dolores, means sadness.
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2012 21:54:08 -0300
From: jansy@AETERN.US
Subject: [NABOKV-L] Seduced young girl: Tristana (Galdós/Buñuel)

A friend of mine is reading a novel by Benito Pérez-Galdós, one
of the writers that Spanish director Buñuel admired and whose two novels,
"Nazarin" and "Tristana," he decided to turn into a movie.
Galdós' 1892 novel, Tristana is aged 19 at the time Don Lope becomes her
guardian and seducer. However, it's possible
that Buñuel represented her as a still younger woman because
he dressed Catherine Deneuve like a school-girl, with tresses and a
school-cap in a few scenes. Perhaps Tristana's age came close to
V.Nabokov's "Lolita" because Buñuel once said that "The most dangerous
virgins are the thirteen-year olds."(attrib). Luis Buñuel's movie
was shot eight years after Kubrick filmed the adventures of Humbert Humbert with
his nymphet, probably without referencing either Nabokov's novel, or Kubrick's
version. It's not the poignant theme of abused innocence and
pedophilia that which made Nabokov's novel appreciated for
the work of art that it certainly is, but a specific literary quality that is
often obfuscated by its shocking overt theme... .

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