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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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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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Box Office

Budget:

£400,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,000,000, 31 January 2000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In a compartment on a train after their visit with the writer Southgate, Diana and Robert kiss. Both of Robert's hands touch her face in a close shot. When the angle changes to a shot from the corridor looking into the compartment, they are still embracing but Robert has a cigarette in his right hand which is resting on his knee. 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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Referenced in Nashville (1975) See more »

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Darling Julie
14 June 2017 | by jery-tillotson-1See all my reviews

I had not seen this film since 1965 when I was a college student but remember how electrifying it was to see a young, charismatic Julie Christie at the beginning of her peak years. She's given some great scenes to show off her multi-faceted personality and she throws herself into the amoral model, Diana, who sleeps her way to the top. I can't imagine any other actress who could have done this without being repulsed by her naked greed and amorality. Christie had an inner radiance that makes her likable throughout this ground-setting import from London. England had become a hot movie center during this era, giving us such phenomenal movies like "Georgy Girl," "women in love," "Isadora," and many more. We can see this movie as a time machine which captures the raw energy of that era as our sexuality began to expand into new realms from the staid values of the past. This is a terrific movie to watch from time to time and watch an early phenomenon begin her golden career.


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