I was going to show the 1997 film “Lolita” in this blog post, but because this is North Dakota, I realized that I had better not do this.
The reason why I was going to do this, was to make the police in Dickinson, Heidi Heitkamp, and all the complainer women about my blog posts, angry. I was going to suggest that they arrest the writer of the novel, Vladimir Nabokov, who is dead, the director Adrian Lyne, and the actors Jeremy Irons and Melanie Griffith.
The reason why I am being so bitter and sarcastic about this subject is this: The novel titled “Lolita” was written by Vladimir Nabokov and published in 1955, it was made into a movie by director Stanley Kubrick which premiered in the U.S. in 1962, this 1962 film was re-released on VHS and DVD, then director Adrian Lyne re-made this movie which premiered in the U.S. in 1997, and this 1997 film is available on DVD, and even on YouTube for free, which is why I was going to copy this from YouTube to this blog post.
However, even though this book and this movie have been available in the U.S. for the past 50 years without censorship, I bet that the police in Dickinson, Heidi Heitkamp, and the women complainers would go absolutely berserk if they read this book or saw this movie. I honestly believe that the police in Dickinson would try to arrest me if I showed this 1997 “Lolita” movie in a blog post, even though it was shown on the Showtime channel, is available on Amazon.com, and can be seen for free on YouTube.
Since its publication, the novel “Lolita” has become included on many lists of the top 100 novels of the 20th century. This novel has been adapted to create several plays, two operas, two ballets, and one musical.
The 1962 film “Lolita” received the following nominations for awards:
- Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay – Vladimir Nabokov
- British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for Best Actor – James Mason
- Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures – Stanley Kubrick
- Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actor – James Mason
- Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress – Shelley Winters
- Golden Globe Award Best Motion Picture Director – Stanley Kubrick
- Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Peter Sellers
- Venice Film Festival Award for Best Director – Stanley Kubrick
The point that I am trying to make with this blog post, is this, people in the United States and countries throughout the World, have appreciated and contemplated the ideas, scenarios, events, thoughts, emotions, feelings, and subject matter contained in the novel and the movie, yet in North Dakota, this literature or art would be considered to be illegal, forbidden, offensive, and off limits, because people in North Dakota should not be permitted to think or feel beyond the boundaries that other people set for them.
I liked this 1997 film “Lolita”, which I watched for the first time today on YouTube. One of the reasons why I liked this film, is because like the novel, it truthfully addresses what actually happens in life, situations, scenarios, and feelings, which do occur and happen, even though society is very uncomfortable acknowledging these things.
One of the other things that I liked about the 1997 movie, which reviewers say is the case for the novel, the 1962 movie, and the 1997 movie, is that the readers or viewers end up feeling sorry for and sympathizing with the 45 year old professor, rather than the very young teenage girl that he is infatuated with. I suppose that the real uniqueness of this story, is that the very young teenage girl is portrayed as the primary instigator, manipulator, and controller of virtually everything that happens.
Rarely, rarely does anyone ever admit, that this is often the way things are. I found two quotations from other reviewers, who saw things even more harshly than I did:
In 1958, Dorothy Parker described the novel as “the engrossing, anguished story of a man, a man of taste and culture, who can love only little girls” and Lolita as “a dreadful little creature, selfish, hard, vulgar, and foul-tempered”.
In 1959, novelist Robertson Davies excused the narrator entirely, writing that the theme of Lolita is “not the corruption of an innocent child by a cunning adult, but the exploitation of a weak adult by a corrupt child. This is no pretty theme, but it is one with which social workers, magistrates and psychiatrists are familiar.”
Here are the North Dakota laws that I could have been arrested for, if I had posted the movie “Lolita” on my blog website:
A person is guilty of a class C felony if, knowing of its character and content, that person knowingly possesses any motion picture, photograph, or other visual representation that includes sexual conduct by a minor.
A person is guilty of a class A felony if, knowing the character and content of a performance, that person produces, directs, or promotes any obscene performance which includes sexual conduct by a person who was a minor at the time of the performance.
The movie “Lolita” does include “sexual conduct by a minor”, which is covered by the first North Dakota Code cited up above. It is not immediately clear whether this sexual conduct in this movie would be considered as “an obscene sexual performance by a minor”, which is covered by the second North Dakota Code cited above.
The way that North Dakota Code 12.1-27.2-04.1 is written, roughly 20% of all the movies that have ever been made, would be illegal to posses in North Dakota. This would include movies showing the marriage of Mary and Joseph from the Bible, Romeo and Juliet, the Westside Story, Gigi, Little House On The Prairie, The Waltons, Happy Days, Dirty Dancing, Blue Lagoon, Sixteen Candles, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Cape Fear, Dazed And Confused, Titanic, Manhattan, The World According To Garp, American Beauty, Cruel Intentions, The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo, and thousands more because they “include sexual conduct by a minor”.