Film - Feature | October 19 | 5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
What are you ashamed of in Britain today? asks tweedy TV commentator Dirk Bogarde, interviewing the average man-on-the-street. Well, for starters . . . John Schlesingers bitter, stylish answer is framed as the autobiography of Diana (Julie Christie), a media darling telling/selling My Story to Ideal Woman magazine. Her blandly self-justifying narration is undercut by the images as she leaves an unglamorous marriage for liaisons with Bogarde, representative of a BBC-bookish world; oily adman Laurence Harvey; and finally an Italian principe, with stops along the way for hypocritical upper-crust fundraisers, exploitation films, Parisian art parties, an abortion, and a spot of shoplifting at Fortnum & Masons. Tracing Dianas progress from lowly bra model to Happiness Girl to the ultimate emptiness as Princess Diana, Schlesinger offers a critique of a striving consumer society in the form of a critique of a woman. Bogarde, in summary: Youre a whore, baby.
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