89 Days of Oscar Nominees – #34 – Darling (1965)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.

Here is my 34th review of the 89 chosen Films…


“Your idea of fidelity is not having more than one man in bed at the same time. ” – Robert Gold

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Jan 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A beautiful model does all she can to become a star; jumping from lover to lover on her climb to the top.

My Take on it – This is another film in this series that I had no clue what it was all about.

The premise actually sounds better than it really is at the end of the day and parts seem to move way too slowly.

None of the characters are very likeable because they all seem to be using each other for their own benefits.

I think that this film’s theme would have been better embraced back in the 60’s when it came out then it does now.

Lawrence Harvey and Dirk Bogarde both feel too “stuffy” here

Julie Christie actually won a Best Actress award for this role and as good of a job as she did here, I’m not quite sure I would classify it as an Oscar worthy performance especially since she somehow beat Julie Andrews who was noiated for her performance in The Sound of Music (1965).

Bottom Line – This is a film that sounds like it would be much better than it really is. Christie is quite good here, but I’m not sure her performance could be considered Best Actress worthy.  I believe that this story was more relevant during the 1960’s but doesn’t really translate well enough half a century later.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Hugo Dyson was a fellow of Merton College, Oxford. He was also a member of the Inklings, a group which included C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. However, he often loudly expressed his displeasure when Tolkien read early versions of his stories. He is recorded at one Inkling meeting as saying “Oh, f*ck, not another elf!” (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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7 thoughts on “89 Days of Oscar Nominees – #34 – Darling (1965)

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  7. You should really watch this again and re-evaluate Christie’s performance because it’s a very complex, tricky role/characterization and she knocks it out of the park. Very subtle work and for me is one of the best winners of this category.


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