Darling is like nothing you would see today, this is largely due to its maturity. It is a 'grown-up' film made by adults, about adults for an adult audience.
It is the tale of a very good looking young woman who rides with the wave that her good looks take her on.
Diana Scott (Christie) starts out a care-free young thing, swinging along the streets of mid-sixties London when she is stopped by a reporter and asked if she'd like to make a comment about 'today's youth' for a magazine TV programme. She is so flattered that she falls for the reporter who swiftly leaves his wife for her.
But after a while Julie gets bored and wants to expeience more of what this brave new sixties world has to offer & we the audience travel along with her for the journey...from model to film star to finally capturing the eye of an Italian prince who marries her.She becomes Princess Diana trapped in a palace with only her misery for company.
Julie Christie's character is supposed to be an immoral girl but you can't help but like her. Watching this film is like going on a journey through someone else's life to such a degree that you will forget your own after a while as you follow her around from Paris to Italy,through her various flings,friendships & encounters.No special effects here,Darling is about people. People living in the 'contemporary' world.
The film has dated 'terribly'...that's part of its fascination. It's a mid-sixties time capsule. If you are a fan of or are at all interested in 'sixties London buy this with confidence. It is a privilege to be be able to recommend it to you.
Darling is a witty film. Intelligently made. Superbly shot & edited. I would recommend it to anyone who is studying film, so fluently & deftly is this masterpiece put together.
Filmed in Black & White...not only does Julie Christie look stunning but she rises to every note. She well deserved her Oscar for best actress in 1966.
This is a movie that would interest & entertain even the people who usually would not be drawn to this kind of a theme.