John Schlesinger’s bitter, stylish film is framed as the autobiography of Diana (Julie Christie), a media darling telling/selling her story to a women’s magazine. Her
blandly self-justifying narration is undercut by the images as she leaves an unglamorous marriage for liaisons with tweedy TV commentator Dirk Bogarde,
oily adman Laurence Harvey, and finally an Italian principe, with stops along the way for hypocritical fundraisers, exploitation films, art parties, an abortion, and a spot of shoplifting at Fortnum & Mason’s.
Tracing Diana’s progress, Schlesinger offers a critique of a striving consumer society in the form of a critique of a woman. Bogarde, in summary: “You’re a whore, baby.”