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Darling (1965)

TV-MA | | Drama, Romance | 3 August 1965 (USA)
Beautiful but amoral model Diana Scott 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 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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Trivia

The decorative plates that Miles (Laurence Harvey) has in his apartment are by Piero Fornasetti. See more »

Goofs

When Diana mounts the motorbike the night after Prince Cesare's proposal, her purse is on her right hand, but from overlooking shot it's on her left. 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 US version, released by Joseph E. Levine's Embassy Pictures in 1965, is cut by four minutes (including a nude scene of Julie Christie at the end of the film). The Embassy Home Entertainment VHS contains the shorter version while the MGM DVD and VHS contain the uncut version. See more »

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One of the very best
25 October 2003 | by trpdeanSee all my reviews

I find this movie unique. If you have read of, or can remember the mid-1960s, you know that the character Julie Christie plays was absolutely the one adored by everyone- by all who considered themselves "in" and "trendy" and "modern". And she is completely taken apart by this movie.

I can think of only one other movie at any time in any language that so thoroughly demolishes the pretensions of the very people whom the smart set aspired to be at the time the movie was coming out. Amazingly that movie was 'Alfie', that came out about that same year. (A movie like La Dolce Vita is in a different mode - the people are the new meretricious post-war haute bourgeois class - a frequent target through history, and in that way, like The Ice Storm or Interiors or American Beauty as an attack on such values).

Virtually all "serious satires" take on targets that the "chattering classes" consider suspect - the hidebound, the hypocritical, the "authority figures" whom youth wish to overturn. Not this one. Astonishingly, in the midst of mod London, the very middle of the swinging 60s, you get a movie that looks at its non-committal "live for the moment" hedonistic experimentation and blasts its moral character with a cannon.

This just doesn't happen in movies - compare say, "If" or "O Lucky Man" or say, "Network" (to name three I like), and you'll see the targets as the familiar powers that be - from school to television. But Julie Christie's character is what people thought was new and wonderful - and its superficiality is blown to bits.

It's as if a movie now were to look at a poor black woman raising a child alone - and blast her for any behavior that contributed to this state. It just won't be done - the sympathies are all running FOR that character. So were the sympathies for the Julie Christie character in that time - and the movie is very very brave in running so utterly against the current.

I just love the movie - it's a step up from Schlesinger's earlier ones -the script is superb, the performances are excellent without exception. (Lawrence Harvey is particularly good - but of course it's Christie's movie).

Do see it. It's also full of wonderfully imaginative touches - such as the ending scene.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

3 August 1965 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP400,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$137
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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