A beautiful but amoral model sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties.

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Sean Martin
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Young, attractive and vivacious, model Diana Scott is firmly decided to become rich and famous as well. To succeed, she does not hesitate to take bold steps. After a while, she literally strikes gold: she meets Robert Gold, a well-known TV journalist, who not only introduces her into new social and professional circles, but also abandons his family to live with her. Diana seems to have happily combined success and love. However, in those roaring sixties, others are ready to offer her even more money, fame, and, seemingly, fun than Robert can... Written by Eduardo Casais <casaise@acm.org>

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3 August 1965 (USA)  »

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Darling - A Que Amou Demais  »

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£400,000 (estimated)
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The second of three collaborations between John Schlesinger and Julie Christie. The first was Billy Liar (1963) and the third, Far from the Madding Crowd (1967). See more »

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The singing lady in the final scene is clearly wired up and most likely wearing a microphone under her dress. See more »

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Miles Brand: It was said of her great-grandmother that the only members of the cabinet who weren't her lovers were the ones who had reason to believe they might be her father.
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London in the '60s in all its glory
16 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Julie Christie is "Darling" in this 1965 film directed by John Schlesinger, and also starring Dirk Bogarde and Laurence Harvey. Schlesinger does a beautiful job of showing us '60s London as it was, and yet he managed to make a film that is just as timely now.

Julie Christie is model Diana Scott, a gorgeous, ambitious young woman who moves from man to man without attachment and with the intention of helping her career. She dumps her first husband and breaks up the marriage of a British journalist (Bogarde) and then moves on to a pleasure-seeking advertising executive (Harvey), and finally, marries an Italian prince. It's one of those lives that sounds great - she has beauty, money, men, glamour, travels in the circles of the beautiful people. But she has no emotional attachments, no love, and nothing that she has feels right or is anything she wants. All the external trappings of celebrity, but it's a shell.

A really terrific movie, and I have to agree with the posters whose comments I read that Julie Christie is perfection in every way. Bogarde and Harvey give her excellent support. As an aside, Christie's wardrobe is stunning.

None of the characters are very likable, except perhaps Bogarde, who in spite of leaving his wife and family does truly love Diana.

Despite the cold realities of Darling, we're even more obsessed with celebrity today, which makes the film even more interesting. But when you look at a photo, see someone in a magazine or on the screen, you're only dealing with a persona, not the flesh and blood individual. It's a fantasy. Darling shows the audience what's behind the fantasy - and it's not very pretty.


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