Darling – 1965 | 128 mins | Drama | B&W
For a period in the mid-6os, British cinema developed a booming mini-industry in swinging London movies, and Julie Christie‘s Oscar-winning perceptive portrayal of a seductive beauty at the centre of it all provided the definitive image of its moral flipside. It does seem very much of its time these days, with little more substance than the lifestyle it portrays, though Christie, and Dirk Bogarde as one of her more sympathetic boyfriends, are compelling in John Schlesinger‘s acclaimed social satire.
Everyone calls Diana Scott (Julie Christie) ‘Darling’. Following the break-up of her teenage marriage, the ambitious young model begins looking for fame and fortune, she soon realises that nothing succeeds like sex when it comes to climbing the social ladder, and subsequently ditches her lover. Using a stream of famous and infamous men, she embarks on a series of affairs to sexually manipulate her way to the top. Prominent TV journalist Robert Gold (Dirk Bogarde), abandons his family to live with her and introduces her to a more powerful and wealthy social set. Next, Diana meets somebody more attractive: public relations executive Miles Brand (Laurence Harvey), and meets all the right people in the film industry whilst fully experiencing the swinging 60’s London scene. She soon becomes a prisoner of the jet-set lifestyle she herself had conquered after marrying millionaire Italian widower Cesare (Jose-Luis deVillalonga), despite material possessions her life remains vacuous.
John Schlesinger: Director
Ray Simm: Art Direction
Kenneth Higgins: Cinematography
Julie Harris: Costume Design
Jim Clark: Editing
Joyce James: Makeup Department
Bob Lawrance: Makeup Department
John Dankworth: Original music
Joseph Janni: Producer
Frederic Raphael: Script
John Aldred: Sound Department
Malcolm Cooke: Sound Department
Peter Handford: Sound Department