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'How did they ever make a movie of "Lolita?" '

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(Read caption) "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" was a 2007 National Book Award for Young People's Literature finalist. The film version of the book – "Hugo," directed by Martin Scorsese – was released in 2011 and was nominated for 11 Academy Awards.

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It was in 1962 – three years after the novel received a National Book Award nomination – that Stanley Kubrick's film version of Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita" was released. Kubrick later said that, had he realized how tough it would be to get past the censors, he probably never would have made the movie.

But he did. And next month his achievement will be honored at the first Novel to Screen Film Festival, created by the National Book Foundation and the Pratt Institute. The inaugural festival will be held on April 4-5 on the Manhattan campus of Pratt, to celebrate Kubrick's "Lolita" and two other movie adaptations of National Book Award nominees. The three movies will be screened and each will be followed by a panel discussion by actors, writers, filmmakers, critics, and scholars who will consider the faithfulness of the adaptation.


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