Oh, Darling. I first was transfixed by this stylish, quintessentially ’60s movie a few years ago, and had romanticized it in my memory ever since. These movie stills I captured certainly speak for the impeccable style of the movie- which can’t be rivaled, in my opinion. But when I rewatched Darling recently, I quickly remembered how achingly haunting the film actually is. Julie Christie is mesmerizing as a carefree media darling, Diana Scott, who charms her way to billboards and bedrooms, climbing the social ladder only to find life at the top rather lonely and hollow. Laurence Harvery and Dirk Bogarde play a couple of Diana Scott’s love interests, and are just as swoon-worthy as she is. Dirk’s smile…. just…. well, it’s just the cutest thing.
When Darling was first released, it stood amongst frolicking ’60s films which showcased free love and fame as a fun and modern lifestyle. This John Schlesinger movie showed the flip-side of the swinging London social scene, and tells a moral tale that is as timeless as Julie Christie herself. It will wrap you up in Diana Scott’s dramatic life, and will leave you with a bit of a heartache for her at the end.