Lola (1969 film)

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Lola
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Directed byRichard Donner
Produced byClive Sharp
Written byNorman Thaddeus Vane
StarringCharles Bronson
Susan George
Music byJohn Scott
CinematographyWalter Lassally
Edited byNorman Wanstall
Distributed byThe Rank Organisation (UK)
American International Pictures (USA)
Release date
  • 1969 (1969)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryItaly
United Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

Lola (originally released as Twinky) is a 1969 film directed by Richard Donner and starring Charles Bronson and Susan George.[1]

Plot[edit]

A 38-year-old writer of pornographic novels named Scott (Charles Bronson) meets and falls in love with a sixteen-year-old school girl (Susan George) whilst living in London.

When Scott is refused a permanent visa to remain in Britain, the couple get married in Scotland and move to America where by state law Twinky must go to school. Tensions arise when Twinky wants to engage in pastimes, while Scott struggles to complete his novels in order to earn a living. She runs away and is found by Scott in the cellar. Twinky then leaves for London the next day after writing Scott a tearful farewell letter.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The idea and script for the film was written by Norman Thaddeus Vane,[2] which author Simon Richter believes was the key force behind the film.[3] Vane's script has been suggested to be somewhat autobiographical, as it mirrors the author's own marriage to 16 year-old model Sarah Caldwell, whom he married in the mid-1960s when he was 38.[4] The title song and two other original numbers are composed and performed by Jim Dale.

Reception[edit]

The Contemporary North American Film Directors: A Wallflower Critical Guide state that the film exploited "the sexual freedom of its era", describing Susan George's character as a "naive young nymphet".[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Twinky (1969)". New York Times. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  2. ^ Ottoson, Robert (1985). American International Pictures: A Filmography. Garland. p. 277. ISBN 978-0-8240-8976-4.
  3. ^ Richter, Simon (21 August 2013). Women, Pleasure, Film: What Lolas Want. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 31. ISBN 978-1-137-30973-0.
  4. ^ Weisberg, Sam (18 January 2012). ""Club Life" and the Oeuvre of Norman Thaddeus Vane". Hidden Films. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  5. ^ Allon, Yoram; Cullen, Del; Patterson, Hannah (2002). Contemporary North American Film Directors: A Wallflower Critical Guide. Wallflower Press. p. 141. ISBN 978-1-903364-52-9.

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