D: John Schlesinger
Anglo-Amalgamated/Embassy (Joseph Janni)
UK 🇬🇧 1965
W: Frederic Raphael
DP: Kenneth Higgins
Ed: James Clark
Mus: Johnny Dankworth
Julie Christie (Diana Scott), Laurence Harvey (Miles Brand), Dirk Bogarde (Robert Gold), Jose Luis de Villalonga (Prince Cesare), Basil Henson (Alec
Julie Christie is absolutely fantastic in this satirical drama about the swinging sixties in Great Britain & Europe.
She plays Diana Scott, a fashion model who social climbs her way to success, getting her big break when she has an affair with a news reporter and eventually marrying into
royalty, at the expense of her conscience and, ultimately, her happiness.
The performances from the trio of males who Diana has in her life are also great, with Dirk Bogarde a standout.
The attitudes of the time are perfectly captured for this time portal movie, which was incredibly controversial at the time of release and even garnered an X certificate on
initial release for its blasé commentary about relationships and sex. Director John Schlesinger also includes some satirical imagery, such as the opening scene in which a billboard showing
a humanitarian cause is replaced with pin-up fashion advertising.
Looking back on it retrospectively, you’ll either wonder what the big deal was, or simply be agog at the attitudes towards women. In either case, it’s a wonderful piece of
British cinema and amongst the best films of 1965.