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James Schultz

Ahhh... Finally a proper appreciation of Lyne's Lolita! I always wondered why the film doesn't get more play from cinephiles.
The film hit me very hard at a young age. It's lyricism and sensuality emphasize the heartbreak to come, and serve as a fascinating change-up to Kubrick's Lolita. Kubrick, my favorite director, was indeed hamstrung by the censors, draining the piece of much of its sexuality but the comedy shines. Lyne's work is a different animal altogether. The casting of Irons and Swain was perfect, the style of camera-work beautiful and sensuous, and the handling of the material far from exploitative.
Kim, you're the first writer on film I've seen who's made that particular point about the (fe)male gaze. It is true that the male gaze is one of the most powerful recurring motifs in cinema history, but the female gaze has a power all of its own.

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