Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Night of the Iguana (1964): "Lolita" Seduces a Priest

Lolita (1962) fans are well-aware that Sue Lyon was 14 when she was cast into Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Nabokov's novel; however, did you know that she played a similar role, at the age of 17, in The Night of the Iguana (1964), which is based on Tennessee Williams' play. 

In The Night of the Iguana (1964), Sue Lyon's character seduces Episcopal priest Reverend Shannon, who was played by the alleged real-life ephebophile Richard Burton. That seduction came after the priest was seduced (off screen) by "a very young Sunday school teacher." However, in both cases, Reverend Shannon was accused of being the aggressor and in the wrong.

(The fact that a 17-year-old was attracted to a priest may sound counter-intuitive, but in my next book I will show that the mindset of priests and pimps are extremely similar and they both can have a similar affect/effect on women.)

The teleiophile themed film won an Oscar, grossed $12 million worldwide at the box office, earned $4.5 million in US theatrical rentals, and was the 10th highest grossing film of 1964. And Time magazine said the film, " ... excites the senses, persuades the mind, and even occasionally speaks to the spirit—one of the best movies ever made from a Tennessee Williams play."

In this clip from the film, Sue Lyon's character sneaked into the priest's room after hours to inform him that she wants to marry him.

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