Julie Christie uses sex as a tool to get her where she wants to go in life (from the gutter to the throne), only to come to the realization that, while successful, she's no happier as a princess than she was as a peasant. Even choppy chronology (the picture skips around too much) can't harm a film with performances this dead-on - Dirk Bogarde and Lawrence Harvey, playing roles made for each other (Bogarde is the workaholic with an interest in books and literature and simple living, Harvey has shady connections and participates in some kinky decadence), are the two men Christie can't decide between. The mixture of fiction and documentary is amazingly successful; Schlesinger's work is always visually appealing.
Director: John Schlesinger
Year Released: 1965