DirecTv Shuns Lolita4/05/1998 8:00 PM Eastern
El Segundo, Calif. -- DirecTv Inc. said late last month
that it will not air controversial new movie Lolita on its "Direct
Ticket" pay-per-view service.
DirecTv spokesman Bob Marsocci said the company's
decisions to carry or not carry any particular programming "are based on a variety of
different factors." He would not specify whether DirecTv's decision not to carry
the movie was based on fears that the subject matter would offend subscribers.
Based on the classic novel by Vladimir Nabokov, the
recently made movie chronicles the tale of a middle-aged man's obsession with a
14-year-old girl. Because of its potentially offensive subject matter, it has not received
theatrical distribution in the United States. The big-budget film stars Jeremy Irons, and
it has won widespread distribution in Europe.
Before DirecTv decided to pass on the film, it was
speculated that Lolita would mark the first major film released directly to
satellite television, rather than for theatrical distribution.