Thursday, 30 May 2013
The deliciously creepy partnership of Clare Quilty (Peter Sellers) and Vivian Darkbloom (Marianne Stone) in Stanley Kubrick's 1962 adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's controversial classic Lolita
They're a sinister utterly immoral pair of avant garde playwrights who, intrigued by James Mason's character Humbert's relationship with his 'daughter' Lolita (Sue Lyon) begin to track the pair down, purely so Quilty can indulge in his own child molestation with Lolita too. In that respect, Quilty is Humbert's dark double; the man without scruples who takes advantage of Humbert for his own love and sexual desire for the girl and in turn takes advantage of a disadvantage.
Darkbloom's role on the other hand is more clear, and like all the best vampires, she's an anagram, an anagram of the author himself Vladimir Nabokov. As Nabokov writes the novel, so too does Darkbloom eventually write the biography of her companion and partner. Played by Stone, she's clearly vampish, a distorted beat girl heavily influenced in terms of look by Vampira herself, Maila Nurmi, who in turn was inspired by Charles Addams' New Yorker cartoon strip The Addams Family. Indeed, there's something of the Gomez and Morticia about Clare and Vivian, albeit something that aims far more for the sinister than for the laughs.