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Darling - 50th Anniversary Edition *Digitally Restored [Blu-ray] [1965]

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  • Actors: Julie Christie, Dirk Bogarde, Laurence Harvey, Roland Curram, Alex Scott
  • Directors: John Schlesinger
  • Producers: Joseph Janni
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Mar. 2015
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00PIN4PV4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,311 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Diana Scott (Julie Christie in an Oscar winning performance) is an ambitious model determined to make it to the top. Using her sexuality, she manipulates powerful men, but in so doing becomes a prisoner of the jet-setting lifestyle she once yearned for. Dirk Bogarde co-stars as Diana's long-suffering boyfriend. The film also won Oscars for Best Original Story and Screenplay, and Costume.

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"It's far too pleased with itself. I wince when I see it now", director John Schlesinger observes of his 1965 film, Darling. You can tell why he's embarrassed. Looking back, his swinging 60s' satire about a model (Julie Christie) so keen to get ahead that she ditches her husband and betrays a succession of boyfriends looks hideously dated. With its self-consciously hip dialogue and unnecessary voice-over, the screenplay by Frederic Raphael (who also wrote Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut) doesn't help. Most of the men Christie encounters, whether Laurence Harvey's slick businessman (who can't pass a mirror without preening himself in it) or Dirk Bogarde's neurotic TV pundit (who has delusions of literary grandeur), are as narcissistic as she is. Although this seems to be a cautionary tale about slick, superficial London media and fashion folk, it's obvious that the filmmakers are half in love with the world they're pretending to lampoon. The visual gags--rich, society matrons at a charity event gorging themselves on food or Christie's poster being plastered over an image of a starving child--are heavy-handed in the extreme. Still, Christie is tremendous in the role which established her as an international star (she won an Oscar). However shallow and selfish her character seems, we can't help but warm to her. --Geoffrey Macnab --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I'd never heard of this film and I thought Julie Christie's career was somewhat "provincial" but I'm not surprised that she won an Oscar for Darling. She carries the film throughout, playing Diana, a complicated character. She also looks amazingly fit! It's a complicated film and the nasty repartee of the "smart set" is of its time. Today, remarks like that would get you thrown out (bodily) anywhere but it used to be "quite the thing" to have an arsenal of put-downs as party talk (it kept out the riff-raff) and it throws Diana's different strategy into sharp relief - she does it behind your back and it isn't what she says, it's what she does - all the pain of the indecent woman. Some moments of quite ghoulish (even childish) humour slyly remind the watcher that he/she isn't so pure - one has been "pulled in" to Diana's world and is sharing the ill-gotten fun whilst disgusted with her self-justifying (also childish) narrative and it lightens the darkness somewhat. When the demise comes there's a sadness about it more than triumph - beautiful as she is, Diana becomes tiresome, her own worst enemy; she disappoints everybody. I'll almost certainly re-visit this film.

All the cast, soundtrack etc is well "up to it".
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Julie Christie and Dirk Bogarde are both superb in this timepiece of the swinging 60s. It must have been seen as pretty daring and raunchy at the time, of course now it is tame. The end -allusion to Grace Kelly (actress/model marries prince) would have been topical no doubt.
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Julie Christie in a tale of a girl on the make and what sh's prepared to do to get on, there's a price of course as she finally gets her juste deserts by becoming a princess. but will she be happy? classy old movie with Dirk Bogarde also starring. Christie is a class act, i wonder what became of her?
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Brilliant film
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nice
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Super! enjoyed.
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This is one of the best films of the 1960s and Julie Christie righly won an Oscar for it. I was surprised at the negative review because this film was utterly ground-breaking at the time (1965) and the performaces from all the cast are wonderful. The portrait of swinging London is gripping - the parties, the shallowness and the sense that the world was changing is intense - London was the most fashionable place on earth at the time and the film really captures that spirit. See this film if you want a master-class in fine acting.
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