Cinema: Playgirl's Progress

Darling is a bitter, glittering and sometimes stabbingly brilliant tale of a jet-set jade and how she grew. In quasi-documentary style, British Director John Schlesinger (Billy Liar) begins with a standard narrative device: a celebrated beauty spilling "My Story" to a magazine called Ideal Woman. Her name is Diana (Julie Christie), a sometime model, sometime bit actress, anytime trollop, whose face is her passport to the haut rnonde, where a legion of intimates come to know her as "Darling."

Well brought up, disastrously beautiful, Darling grows bored with marriage to a "desperately immature"...

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