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Frederick Raphael, who also won an Oscar for his work, wrote a story and script that is the basis of what makes this a riveting film to watch. Every scene makes sense, and every phrase has a purpose; there is not a single word that does not belong, or is unnecessary.
It is wonderfully photographed in a very crisp black and white by Ken Higgins, and has an unobtrusive but lovely score by John Dankworth.
Director John Schlesinger brings out the best in even the bit players, and most of all, from Dirk Bogarde, who gives a heartbreaking, brilliant performance as one of Diana's stepping stones. Laurence Harvey plays a vain and vile character with the snakelike coldness he is so good at, and of course, Christie is in her prime, and her beauty and talent shine bright.
Though the atmoshpere of the film is caught in the '60s, the story and characters are timeless; this film deserves to be viewed, for its tremendous performances, and as a portrait of how times change, but much of humanity stays the same, and selfish desires, even when satisfied, are but clanging brass.
Diana, who is married, is having an affair with a married television correspondent, Robert Gold, played to perfection by the sexy and world weary, Dirk Bogarde. Eventually, they leave their respective mates and set up house together in swinging London. All is not hunky dory for long, as Julie goes on to have an affair with her agent, Miles, divinely played by Laurence Harvey. When Robert discovers her lies and infidelity, he leaves her.
Diana goes on to party hearty, and she ultimately meets a wealthy and widowed, Italian prince while on location in Italy shooting a commercial. After a perfunctory meeting, she meets up with him again, and he proposes. She thinks about his proposal, and ultimately consents to becoming Princess Diana.
Only after marrying him, a virtual stranger to her, does she realize how lonely she is. She finds herself being left in their palazzo with his seven children, while the prince is away, ostensibly visiting his mother without her. She realizes that she is living in a gilded cage, no more than a trophy wife.
She impulsively contacts Robert and flies to England to meet with him. After they make love, she realizes how much she loved him, and declares her feelings for him, only to be rebuffed. He then sends her packing, back to her empty life in Italy. Yet, he does so at great emotional cost to himself, as well.
This film is very representative of the swinging sixties and conveys a real sense of the joie de vivre of the period. It deals with subjects that were formerly taboo. There are subtle and sly references to homosexuality.Read more ›
Christie's beauty and brilliance aside, the contributions of Dirk Bogarde ("The Servant") and Laurence Harvey ("The Manchurian Candidate")--two other leading lights of swinging sixties British cinema--shouldn't be overlooked. Harvey has rarely been more cool and callous, Bogarde rarely more vulnerable and human. Diana uses one man and is used by the other, only to give up her playgirl lifestyle for something brighter, shinier--and emptier. "Darling" represents the peak of the Schlesinger-Christie pairings and is one of the finest films of the 1960s. Or any decade.
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I saw this when it was first released. Watching it again held for me both nostalgia and admiration for the writing and performances. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Allison V. Fine
Academy Award nominations: Picture and Director-John Schlesinger.
Wins: Leading Actress-Julie Christie, Original Screenplay and Black and White Costume Design. Read more
Fascinating film of the 1960's. Reminds me of La Dolce Vita. The cast is amazing especially Julie Christie and Laurence Harvey. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Laura Buenrostro
She heartily deserved the Academy Award she wind for this performance. Great film!Published 4 months ago by California
Can't believe she got an oscar for this over Dr Zhivago. Sge did a nude scene and back then it was something special.Published 6 months ago by bill king
This marvelous movie reflects as just a few the social ambiance of U.K. Those were times of disturbing times, of political uncertainess and convulse social adjustments. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela
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