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Darling (1965)

TV-MA | | Drama, Romance | 3 August 1965 (USA)
Beautiful, but amoral, model Diana Scott (Julie Christie) sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties.

Director:

John Schlesinger

Writers:

Frederic Raphael (screenplay), Frederic Raphael (idea) | 2 more credits »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Christie ... Diana Scott
Laurence Harvey ... Miles Brand
Dirk Bogarde ... Robert Gold
José Luis de Vilallonga ... Prince Cesare della Romita (as Jose Luis De Villalonga)
Roland Curram ... Malcolm
Basil Henson Basil Henson ... Alec Prosser-Jones
Helen Lindsay ... Felicity Prosser-Jones
Carlo Palmucci ... Curzio della Romita
Dante Posani Dante Posani ... Gino
Umberto Raho ... Palucci
Marika Rivera Marika Rivera ... Woman
Alex Scott ... Sean Martin
Ernest Walder Ernest Walder ... Kurt
Brian Wilde ... Willett
Pauline Yates Pauline Yates ... Estelle Gold
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Storyline

Young, attractive and vivacious, model Diana Scott (Julie Christie) 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 (Sir Dirk Bogarde), a well-known television 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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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Darling chérie See more »

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Budget:

GBP400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Julie Christie's Oscar win marked the third occasion in seven years that Laurence Harvey co-starred with a Best Actress Oscar-winner: Simone Signoret in "Room at the Top" (59), Elizabeth Taylor in "Butterfield 8" (60), and Miss Christie (65). He also co-starred with Oscar-nominated actress Geraldine Page in "Summer and Smoke" (61). See more »

Goofs

When Robert and Diana are throwing things into the river, the tide is fully out. They see the derelict house, go and investigate and then discuss it outside again, when the tide is fully in. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
"Ideal Woman" Interviewer: Well, I do want our readers to feel that it is really your story; so, I thought I'd perhaps ask you a few questions and if you'd just answer them in your own words.
Diana Scott: Yes, I see. Alright, ask away.
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by the the BBFC to remove shots of a man wearing a woman's corset and to heavily shorten a scene at a party in Paris where guests watch a couple making love on a hotel bed (the scene was edited to end the scene before the male partner appears). Video versions featured the same print though the cuts were later found and restored for the 2007 Optimum DVD release. See more »

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Christie, Schlesinger and a milestone.

"Darling", as it happens with most genuine works of art, it grows, it develops over the years and acquires a sort of clarity that, with the benefit of hindsight I will dare to call it, prophetic, as a social observation of its time. But what matters most is the film as a film. Brilliantly thought, written, directed, photographed and, of course, acted. Julie Christie became a symbol. She, clearly a very intelligent woman, surfed the waves of fame with an apparent detachment that I'm sure it's a sure sign of maturity and of a great respect for her profession and herself. If you think I love Julie Christie, you're right. But my love for her has to do with "Darling" and the age I was when I first saw it. The 60's were already in the past then but I saw them in the future, an immediate future.I can't imagine anyone, from any age, who loves film could be indifferent to this tale of isolation in a world moving fast towards an acceptable cult for celebrity. Not to be missed.


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