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    Has anyone seen/remember this film,with nicol williamson,i've never seen it but would like to, based on a nabokov book i believe?



    any thoughts or info? help



    cheers Ollie.



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    Just to bring this to the top again......any takers? wink



    cheers Ollie.

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    LAUGHTER IN THE DARK Tony Richardson 1969 GB Nicol Williamson, Anna Karina, Peter Bowles, Sian Phillips 104 mins



    Despite being transplanted from the sado-masochistic gloom of the German '30s to the Swinging London of the '60s, this adaptation of Nabokov's teasingly perverse variation on the eternal triangle is not as bad as one might expect. It's shot as a series of brief, impressionistic scenes with Monteverdi tinkling tranquilly on the sound-track: a style which works well at the beginning as the ageing art critic (Williamson, excellent) meets his cinema usherette (Karina) and finds her worming herself into his obsessions; and it serves at the end, when the critic, blinded after a lover's quarrel and believing himself alone with the repentant girl in a lonely villa, gradually realises that there is a third presence in the house, playing mocking games with him. In between times, though, the film sags horribly into all sorts of destructively non-Nabokovian vulgarities: a swinging party shot in swinging style, a surfeit of semi-nude couples cavorting on beds, etc. TM



    Source: Time Out Film Guide

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    Isn't "LAUGHTER IN THE DARK" the 'book by Nabokov' refered to in the lyrics of The Police song 'Don't Stand So Close To Me'?.

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    Hugo thanks thumbs_u for the review,i think i've read that before.



    HAckett,the book referred to in don't stand so,is lolita(i think),hence dodgy school girl/teacher type relationship. eek! wink



    Has anyone actually seen the film? :)



    cheers Ollie.

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    </div><div class='quotemain'>HACKETT:

    Isn't "LAUGHTER IN THE DARK" the 'book by Nabokov' refered to in the lyrics of The Police song 'Don't Stand So Close To Me'?. [/b]
    Lolita.

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    </div><div class='quotemain'>Has anyone actually seen the film? :)

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    I've seen it. It played late on a Sunday night on BBC2, but it was well over 20 years ago. The film doesn't enjoy a particularly high reputation but I liked it, espeically Anna Karina (who the previous year had ventured away from J-LG to star in the equally unpopular and offbeat THE MAGUS), and I subsequently read the book (and others by Nabokov) which I liked as well.



    I'd love to see LITD (and THE MAGUS) again. Why no DVD?

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    Does anyone know quite why this particular film is so obscure? And it is worth its (now rather inflated I suppose) reputation? With Nicol Williamson's recent death I wonder if we will see some of his films finally make it to DVD. Those of you who have seen it - thoughts?

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    I have this film. should you wish to get a bank loan.

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