Lola (1969 film)
|Directed by||Richard Donner|
|Produced by||Clive Sharp|
|Written by||Norman Thaddeus Vane|
|Music by||John Scott|
|Edited by||Norman Wanstall|
|Distributed by||The Rank Organisation (UK)|
American International Pictures (USA)
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.
- Charles Bronson as Scott Wardman
- Susan George as Twinky / Lola / Sybil Londonderry
- Orson Bean as Hal
- Honor Blackman as Mummy
- Michael Craig as Daddy
- Paul Ford as Mr Wardman
- Jack Hawkins as Judge Millington-Draper
- Trevor Howard as Twinky's Grandfather
- Lionel Jeffries as Solicitor
- Kay Medford as Mrs Wardman
- Robert Morley as Judge Roxborough
- Sue Lloyd as Ursula
- Eric Barker as Scottish Clerk
- Erik Chitty as Lawyer's Elderly Client
- Judith Furse as School Mistress
The idea and script for the film was written by Norman Thaddeus Vane, which author Simon Richter believes was the key force behind the film. 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. The title song and two other original numbers are composed and performed by Jim Dale.
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".
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- Ottoson, Robert (1985). American International Pictures: A Filmography. Garland. p. 277. ISBN 978-0-8240-8976-4.
- Richter, Simon (21 August 2013). Women, Pleasure, Film: What Lolas Want. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 31. ISBN 978-1-137-30973-0.
- Weisberg, Sam (18 January 2012). ""Club Life" and the Oeuvre of Norman Thaddeus Vane". Hidden Films. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
- 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.