New Plaza Cinema Classic Organizes a Discussion on Lolita (1962)


Stanley Kubrick raised quite a few eyebrows with his big-screen adaptation of Lolita (1962), Vladimir Nabokov's controversial tale of forbidden love. In a suburban American town, Humbert Humbert (James Mason) rents a room from lonely widow Charlotte Haze (Shelley Winters). After falling in love with Charlotte's attractive adolescent daughter Lolita (Sue Lyon), Humbert marries her. Humbert gets Lolita all to himself after Charlotte's untimely death—or does he?

Stephen Farber and Michael McClellan, the authors of Cinema '62: The Greatest Year at the Movies, will take part in a discussion of their new book in spring 2020.

UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television Studies offers a graduate-level film history and criticism course taught by Stephen Farber. Movieline's Hollywood Life, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harper's Bazaar, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Premiere, and Film Comment are just a few of the magazines he's contributed to.

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 "Reel Talk," a popular film series that features screenings and conversations of new films with directors or stars in attendance, is hosted and produced by Farber and Landmark Theatres in conjunction with Landmark. Additionally, Farber is a co-producer and host of the Laemmle Theaters' Laemmle Anniversary Classics Series in Los Angeles.

Anthony Perkins: A Life in the Shadows (1999), Spencer Tracy: Triumph and Turmoil (1999), and Roman Polanski: Reflections of Darkness (2000) are among Farber's credits for A&E Networks. His best-selling works include The Movie Rating Game (1972), Hollywood Dynasties (1984), Outrageous Conduct: Art, Ego, and the Twilight Zone Case (1988), and Hollywood on the Couch (all published by Arbor House/Morrow) (1993, Morrow).

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Mr. McClellan served on the board of appeals of the Classification and Ratings Administration of the MPAA as a Senior Vice President/Head Film Buyer for Landmark Theater. He's currently working in Los Angeles on a classic film series he's co-producing.

Please read the directions below carefully since this is a new experience for many of us.

1. To participate in a live discussion about the 1962 film Lolita, click here to sign up. This is an entirely free event.

2 days before the discussion, 2 hours prior to the discussion, and 10 minutes prior to the discussion, Zoom log in information will be sent.

Using Zoom, The organizers will be able to discuss the film and answer any questions you may have about it. Once you've signed up, The site will send you your log-in credentials so that the event is kept safe and secure.

Signing up for this EventBrite invitation is the only way you can get secure access to the June 19th live discussion event where you can participate in real-time.

2. Before joining the event , make sure you've seen the film they will not be screening the movie).

You will receive a separate email with a link to join the New Plaza Cinema Zoom meeting on June 19th at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

The following is the schedule: A brief trailer for the film will be shown, then hear it directly from the critics, Max and Dan Cahil will talk about the film's background, strengths, and weaknesses, followed by a brief Q&A session.

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