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Darling

(DVD - 2003 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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A London photographer's model proceeds from an immature marriage into a series of shady affairs--first with a television talker, then with a slick promotion man, and ultimately in a palazzo as the loveless wife of an Italian prince. After becoming a prisoner of her own success through these disastrous affairs, she realizes the awful price she has paid for happiness. This is a slashing social satire and a devastating spoof of the television-advertising age.
Statement of Responsibility: an Anglo Amalgamated presentation ; a Joseph Janni production for Vic Films ; produced by Joseph Janni ; screenplay by Frederic Raphael ; directed by John Schlesinger
Title: Darling
[videorecording]
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, 2003
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 1965
Credits: Director of photography, Ken Higgins ; film editor, James Clark ; music, John Dankworth.
Performers: Laurence Harvey, Dirk Bogarde, Julie Christie, Jose Luis de Vilallonga, Roland Curram.
Summary: A London photographer's model proceeds from an immature marriage into a series of shady affairs--first with a television talker, then with a slick promotion man, and ultimately in a palazzo as the loveless wife of an Italian prince. After becoming a prisoner of her own success through these disastrous affairs, she realizes the awful price she has paid for happiness. This is a slashing social satire and a devastating spoof of the television-advertising age.
Audience: MPAA rating Not rated
System Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen presentation
Other Language: English dialogue, optional subtitles in English, French or Spanish; closed-captioned
Awards & Distinctions: Winner of 3 Academy Awards - Best Actress, Best Story and Screenplay, and Best Costume Design. Also New York Critics Circle Awards Winner and winner of 4 British Academy Awards
Subject Headings: Models (Persons) Conduct of life Drama Success Drama Happiness Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Fiction films
Melodrama
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Feature films
Melodrama
Topical Term: Models (Persons)
Success
Happiness
Publisher No: 1005693
ISBN: 0792859022
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE D
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Jan 26, 2014
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Julie Christie won an Oscar as best actress for this film and she plays the role of “Darling,” an aspiring model/film actress/commercial actress/sexy poster girl/princess (of a small European country) by ingratiating herself with five different men used as stepping stones to success. Director John Schlesinger gets to film news reports of “Darling’s” success as each of the various stages of her career seamlessly in the film. Dirk Bogarde plays one of the stepping stones, a reporter with a periodic TV news show, who in one scene asks men on the street what is wrong with Britain. One man on the street says too much homosexuality. This is a statement by Schlesinger who is a closeted gay man filming a movie with at least two gay actors, Bogarde and Harvey Lawrence, also closeted because of the antedeluvian sodomy laws in force in Great Britain.

Nov 07, 2013
  • rufus_red4 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was the film that made John Schlesinger an international success in 1965 and would make Julie Christie a star, which would win her an Oscar as well. Though moments are a bit dated, this is a seminal picture and a must see for anyone who watches Mad Men.

Mar 04, 2013
  • ermadick rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Slow, plodding and sad

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