Well, Peggy's back from China finally. Her plane arrived from JFK airport at 10:38PM after her first plane, slated to arrive at 6PM, broke down and everyone had to change planes. But she's back and I am glad to have her home.
Like I mentioned in yesterday's obviously riveting post, I finished reading Lolita over the weekend, and so this morning I took advantage of the fact that I own the "Stanley Kubrick Collection" on DVD, and popped Lolita into the ole DVD player. I hadn't remembered that Nabokov himself had adapted his book for the screen, which might help explain why the movie is so faithful to his book. Anyway, it's a great movie, (it's Kubrick after all) but I thought that, after having read the book, they ought to have cast someone a little more classically handsome than James Mason in the role of Humbert Humbert. In the book, Humbert, who narrates the thing himself (and is often unreliable as such), believes himself to be fantastically good-looking, which I think he kind of has to be to make Lolita's mutual interest in him plausible. As it is, I never really bought the idea that any cute 14-year old girl's really going to have the hots for frickin' Captain Nemo. Maybe they just had a hard time finding big names willing to play a 40-something pedophile. Also, the stuff with Peter Sellers as Clare Quilty is entertaining because he's such a livewire act in this, but his frenetic, seemingly off-the-cuff delivery style doesn't really jibe with the rest of the movie and kind of feels more like Kubrick and the execs both thought, "Peter's funny, let's just let him go and do his thing." Works in Dr. Strangelove, works less well in this movie. Also, I was doing my James Mason impression again after watching it again, and I may have lost the knack. Which is sad.
Anyway, it is past midnight and so this blog is officially late. But I'm going to make it unofficial by changing the time of the post artificially. So now it is ON-TIME. I win.
Last Note: If you want to read about whatever happened to Sue Lyon, who played Lolita, click here. It's pretty fascinating, and short.