Lolita (1962)

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German title Lolita
Original title Lolita
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Country of production USA , UK
original language English
Publishing year 1962
length 152 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Stanley Kubrick
script Vladimir Nabokov
production James B. Harris
for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
music Nelson Riddle
camera Oswald Morris
cut Anthony Harvey

Lolita is a British - American feature film by director Stanley Kubrick from 1962. It is Kubrick's first black and white film to be produced in England and is based on the 1955 novel of the same name by Vladimir Nabokov , which because of its structure and its taboo theme of sexual obsession and parthenophilia as was considered difficult to film. After Nabokov had delivered a quasi-in-film script of epic length and with unworkable directing instructions, Kubrick thanked him politely, but ultimately wrote the script himself. Kubrick commented on his work: “If Lolita has been a failure, it is only because the erotic is missing."


The distinguished literary scholar Humbert Humbert looks for the apparently heavily drunk bon vivant Quilty in his country house and shoots him.

Four years earlier: Born in France, Humbert plans to spend the summer in Ramsdale, New Hampshire , before starting his new job in Beardsley, Ohio . The search for a suitable room leads him to the house of the widow Charlotte Haze. When inspecting the premises, he is initially skeptical; But when he sees the 12-year-old daughter Lolita sunbathing in the garden, he is suddenly enchanted by the nymph-like appearance that he decides on the offer.

Charlotte is noticeably concerned with Humbert and wants to seduce him. But the writer only has eyes for Lolita; he is completely fascinated by the young creature. When the widow proposes to him while Lolita is on vacation, he only agrees so that he can be close to Lolita.

But soon after the wedding, Humbert toyed with the idea of ​​shooting his wife. When the curious Charlotte searches his study, she finds his diary in which he has written down his true feelings. Angry, she runs out of the house into the street, where she is run over by a car. She died on the spot.

The redeemed Humbert picks Lolita early from her holiday camp. At first he hides his mother's death. In a hotel room, Humbert and Lolita get closer. In the hotel bar he meets a film producer who pretends to be a policeman and asks him strange questions. Humbert and Lolita move to Beardsley, where he holds a professorship and acts as Lolita's stepfather.

But very soon the unequal couple starts to conflict. Humbert is jealous and fears that Lolita’s carelessness could reveal their relationship. He monitors her every step and also forbids her to meet with schoolmates. He receives a visit from the man who has presented himself to him as a police officer. This time he poses as a psychologist and Humbert lets himself be fooled again. At his request, they leave Beardsley and begin a seemingly haphazard tour of the States to New Mexico . Humbert notices that a car is following them all the time; at a gas station, Lolita is talking to the driver of the car. Then she gets sick and Humbert takes her to a hospital. But when he wants to pick her up again, she has already been released; it is said that Lolita was picked up by her uncle.

Humbert goes on a hapless search. Only three years later did he receive a letter from her in which she wrote to him, “ I'm married. I'm going to have a baby. ”(German:“ I'm married. I'm expecting a child. ”) And asks him for money. When he visits her, he finds out that she is living with a man named Dick Schiller. Lolita now reveals to Humbert that she was never in love with him and that she had an affair with Clare Quilty in Ramsdale. It was he who followed them in the car and worried Humbert in various roles (policeman, school psychologist). In the end, she ran off with Quilty, who then tried to force her to act in pornographic films . Humbert asks Lolita one last time to come with him and start all over again; however, he receives a rebuff. He gives her a small fortune in the form of cash and checks, and then drives to Quilty to settle his accounts.

In an epilogue, the viewer finally learns that Humbert dies of a coronary thrombosis before the start of his murder trial .


“Kubrick's tragicomic film adaptation of Nabokov's novel, with its own distinct accents, impresses with the clever selection and management of the actors and the brilliantly developed dialogues in their permanent ambiguity. The ingenious camera and direction work knows how to use even the most realistic furnishings and furnishings for the illustration of a surreal nightmare, which is characterized by black humor. "


The German dubbed version was created in 1962 by Berliner Synchron GmbH under the direction of Hans F. Wilhelm.

role actor Voice actor
Prof. Humbert Humbert / narrator James Mason Friedrich Schoenfelder
Charlotte Haze / Humbert Shelley Winters Gisela Trowe
Dolores "Lolita" Haze Sue Lyon Marianne Lutz
Clare Quilty Peter Sellers Georg Thomalla
Vivian Darkbloom Marianne Stone Ilse Kiewiet
George Swine Bill Greene Jochen Schröder
John Farlow Jerry Stovin Lothar Blumhagen
Bill Crest Roland Brand Edgar Ott




1997 saw the second adaptation of the Nabokov novel directed by Adrian Lyne with Melanie Griffith , Jeremy Irons and Dominique Swain .


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Lolita. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  2. ^ Entry in the synchronous database ( memento of September 29, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) by Arne Kaul
  3. Lolita. In: German synchronous file , accessed on July 13, 2019 .