The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947)





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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 influential women that he's seduced and abandoned. This 19th-century rake's progress is ultimately halted by a duel, and somehow we're sorry that we don't get to see Sanders pull off at least one more caddish trick to save himself. Echoes from Lewin's previous works include his insertion of a Technicolor sequence (as he'd done in Dorian Gray and The Moon and Sixpence). George Sanders' stepping-stone ladies include Angela Lansbury, Frances Dee, Ann Dvorak, Marie Wilson, Katherine Emery and Susan Douglas.
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George Sanders
as Georges Duroy/Bel Ami
Angela Lansbury
as Clothilde de Marelle
Ann Dvorak
as Madeleine Forestier
Warren William
as Laroche-Mathieu
Frances Dee
as Marie de Varenne
John Carradine
as Charles Forestier
Susan Douglas Rubes
as Suzanne Walter
Hugh Haas
as M. Walter
Marie Wilson
as Rachel Michot
Albert Basserman
as Jacques Rival
Katherine Emery
as Mme. Walter
Richard Fraser
as Philippe de Cantel
David Bond
as Norbert de Varenne
Hugo Haas
as Monsieur Walter
John Good
as Paul de Cazolics
Wyndham Standing
as Count de Vaudrec
Karolyn Grimes
as Laurine de Marelle
Lumsden Hare
as Mayor of Canteleu
Jean Del Val
as Commissioner
Olaf Hytten
as Keeper of the seals
Betty Fairfax
as Louise
Larry Steers
as Second Surgeon
Susan Douglas
as Suzanne Walter
Judy Cook
as Hortense
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Critic Reviews for The Private Affairs of Bel Ami

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

That it is a forgotten film today, is unfortunate.

Full Review… | February 22, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Private Affairs of Bel Ami

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.

Super Kawaii
Super Kawaii

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
Aj V

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