Screen Icons Julie Christie Box Set
DVD Box Set – 4 Discs
Total Running time: 488 mins approx.
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The Go Between • Billy Liar • Far From the Madding Crowd • Darling
Julie Christie is one of the most luminous actresses to grace the British screen, as well as screens worldwide. She is famously known for her magnetism on film, which has by no means faded with time. This box set contains some of the films that helped to carve her career as one of the best known actresses of her time.
Christie’s first major film role was in Billy Liar (1963), which was directed by John Schlesinger. She played Liz, the friend and “would-be lover” of the eponymous Billy Liar, played by Tom Courtenay, a lazy, irresponsible young clerk in provincial Northern England who lives in a fantasy world and makes immature decisions as he alienates friends and family.
Cast: Tom Courtenay, Wilfred Pickles, Mona Washbourne, Ethel Griffies, Finlay Currie, Gwendolyn Watts, Helen Fraser, Julie Christie, Leonard Rossiter, Rodney Bewes, George Innes, Leslie Randall, Patrick Barr, Ernest Clark.
Schlesinger went on to direct Christie in her breakthrough role in Darling (1965), written by Frederic Raphael and co-starring Dirk Bogarde and Laurence Harvey in the poignant story of a stylish but amoral model. Christie won several awards for Darling, including an Oscar. The film features music by Johnny Dankworth.
Cast: Julie Christie, Dirk Bogarde, Laurence Harvey, Roland Curram, José Luis de Villalonga, Basil Henson, Helen Lindsay, Carlo Palmucci, Dante Posani, Umberto Raho, Marika Rivera, Alex Scott, Ernest Walder, Brian Wilde, Pauline Yates, Peter Bayliss.
In Schlesinger’s adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd (1967) she played Thomas Hardy’s heroine Bathsheba Everdene. The cinematography was by Nicolas Roeg with a soundtrack by Richard Rodney Bennett. He also used traditional folk songs in various scenes throughout the film.
Cast: Julie Christie, Terence Stamp, Peter Finch, Alan Bates, Fiona Walker, Prunella Ransome, Alison Leggatt, Paul Dawkins, Julian Somers, John Barrett, Freddie Jones, Andrew Robertson, Brian Rawlinson.
The Go-Between (1971), was adapted by Harold Pinter from the novel written by L.P Hartley. Christie starred with Alan Bates. Directed by Joseph Losey, the film won the Grand Prix at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival and achieved unaniminous critical acclaim, was seen by many as the peak of the careers of the actors involved. It remains a beautiful and atmospheric interpretation of a truly poignant story about a secret love affair between a beautiful heiress and a poor tenant farmer, who can only communicate by sending messages via a young boy.
Cast: Julie Christie, Edward Fox, Alan Bates, Margaret Leighton, Michael Redgrave, Dominic Guard, Michael Gough, Richard Gibson, Amaryllis Garnett, Simon Hume-Kendall, Roger Lloyd-Pack.
Julie Christie’s smile is her trademark expression: radiant and serene suggesting empathy with whoever it’s aimed at. A brave face, smiling in spite of adversity in a slightly more upbeat version of the British stiff upper lip. She remains a vivid image of the independent woman who is, as Frederic Raphael noted, “contemptuous of convention and wary of commitments.”