DVD - 2003
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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.


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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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