The exploitation of Sue Lyon: Lolita (1962), archival research, and questions for film history

FENWICK, James (2021). The exploitation of Sue Lyon: Lolita (1962), archival research, and questions for film history. Feminist Media Studies.

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    This article examines the overlooked history of Sue Lyon and her experiences as a child film star. Lyon was fourteen years old when she was cast in the role of Dolores Haze in Lolita (1962) by James B. Harris and Stanley Kubrick. The article utilises critical feminist archival methods in an attempt to uncover the conditions of production in which Lyon found herself, using documents housed in the Stanley Kubrick Archive (SKA). In the few instances that Lyon spoke out in the later stages of her life, she cited her involvement in Lolita as having had a detrimental impact on her mental health. More recently, there have been allegations of a sexual relationship between the film’s producer—Harris—and Lyon during the film’s production. The article considers the ways in which a critical feminist approach to the use of the Stanley Kubrick Archive can be used to uncover the experiences of Lyon during the film’s production and can reframe understanding of the conditions of production in Hollywood that led to the sexualisation and exploitation of a child star.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Gender Studies; 1699 Other Studies in Human Society; 2001 Communication and Media Studies
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2021 11:19
    Last Modified: 02 Sep 2021 11:30

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