Kubrick waged a long and difficult battle with censors over his elegant, oddly moving adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel, in which reserved academic Humbert Humbert (James Mason) falls hard for a blithe teenage nymphet (Sue Lyon) with that “lovely, lyrical, lilting name,” Lolita. The dark comedy is juiced immeasurably by Peter Sellers’s chameleonic and sinister performance as Humbert’s romantic rival, Clare Quilty. (1962, 152 min, 35mm)
Kubrick in Black & White is presented in conjunction with Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, on view June 30 – October 30, 2016. Enjoy a reciprocal $2 discount when you show your ticket stub.