Lolita – Location Shots 66 and 69, From Westerly to Dover and Back to Westerly
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Above is shot 66 from Lolita. Shot 65, showing Humbert arriving in the United States is an aerial of NY. Kubrick cuts then to the train shot.
Reelstreets.com conveniently supplies the location of shot 66 as the Westerly station on Railroad Avenue, Westerly, Rhode Island.
It is 14 Railroad Avenue and from Google Maps we’re only able to get a good view of the front.
With shot 67, Kubrick then takes us to a street in Dover, New Hampshire, which I’ve covered in this post, and refers to a beautiful passage from Laurence Sterne’s A Sentimental Journey which Nabokov referenced in the book. Reelstreets misidentifies the location as being in another town and my post on shot 67 also goes into the how of proper identification.
Shot 68 is a high overview shot of what may be anynortheasterntown USA, I’ve been unable to identify it as yet.
Shot 69 is two parts, as it takes us around a bend, panning to follow a turning taxicab, presumably carrying Humbert.
As it turns out, after taking us to Dover, Kubrick has returned us to the Westerly Station in Westerly, which is briefly glimpsed on the left as shot 69 begins. The cab, as it goes around the bend, is turning off Railroad Avenue onto Canal.
I had reasoned there was no hope of my ever finding the location of shot 69, then decided to really pay attention to what is briefly glimpsed of the building on the left, which I’d already taken to be a train depot. Of course! Upon closer examination I realized it had to be the Westerly station. Went back to Google maps and down the street and as it turns out buildings that enable us to identify the location have been preserved.
From there we crossfade to shot 70, which appears to be the same car used as a cab in shot 69.
It is with the crossfade to shot 71 that we are taken to the house used for the exterior of the Haze household in England, and the cab is different.
My rationalization is that shot 70 perhaps occurs on one of the old residential streets of Westerly, one that would be similar to its Elm Street which is flat and has overhanging trees, houses that are fairly close to the street (no expansive front yards), an older neighborhood with sidewalks. I would guess that’s a white wood church on that right corner that taxi is approaching. I’ve not been able to identify which street it is.