The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947)

The Private Affairs of Bel Ami


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Writer/director Albert Lewin, ever on the lookout for esoteric story material that would accommodate his fascination with Egyptian sculpture and feline symbolism, managed to inject both into The Private Affairs of Bel Ami. Though based on a Guy de Maupassant story, Bel Ami seems to have been written by Oscar Wilde, another of Lewin's pets (e.g. The Picture of Dorian Gray). George Sanders plays an epigrammatic Parisian journalist, who rises to the top through the "kindnesses" of the various … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Albert Lewin



as Georges Duroy/Bel Am...

as Clothilde de Marelle

as Madeleine Forestier

as Laroche-Mathieu

as Marie de Varenne

as Charles Forestier

as Suzanne Walter

as M. Walter

as Rachel Michot

as Jacques Rival

as Mme. Walter

as Philippe de Cantel

as Norbert de Varenne

as Monsieur Walter

as Paul de Cazolics

as Count de Vaudrec

as Laurine de Marelle

as Mayor of Canteleu

as Commissioner

as Keeper of the seals

as Second Surgeon

as Suzanne Walter

as Hortense
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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That it is a forgotten film today, is unfortunate.

Full Review… | February 23, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Private Affairs of Bel Ami

Sort of an interesting story, and sort of not, it's hard to say if this movie was good or bad, so I'll say it's just okay.

Aj V

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Watching it right now. It's a bit harsher then Dangerous Liaisons which this story reminds me of, now sure which book was written first but it's the same idea. This one has a bit more ruthlessness and more people get hurt.

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