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on 23 February 2003
The book is excellent and beyond compare but this film is a flawed adaptation that loses the main themes that make the book so special, and gains nothing in its place. Sellers is the reason to watch this film. His excellent portrayal of Quilty is mesemerising and his character is the one who takes your attention, rather than Humbert Humbert (Mason) who ideally should.
The whole point of the book was to delve inside Humbert's head and reveal feelings of obsession, passion and despair. We lose this in the film. We don't feel much sympathy for Humbert, which is the main feeling the book gives us, incredible since this whole story is about paedophilia.
However, don't let this put you off. This is essentially a love sory, something this film does excellently, and the acting is very good indeed. I'd recommend it as a story everyone sould experience and it's a great talking point and is very thought provoking. Worth a view if only for Sellers.
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