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/10
24 Ratings

The Private Affairs of Bel Ami

Directed by Albert Lewin
United States, 1947
Drama

Synopsis

Based on a novel by Guy de Maupassant, this drama from director Albert Lewin follows the misanthropic career of Georges Duroy, a writer who remorselessly uses and discards one woman after another to advance his position in Parisian society.

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The Private Affairs of Bel Ami Directed by Albert Lewin

Critics reviews

Our introduction to [Duroy] has him trapped by a controlling female gaze, reduced to the level of a sexual object under the sign of ‘desire’. This movement between looking and being looked at structures Lewin’s remarkable film (in which a blind man represents the voice of morality), having seeped into its mise en scène; several interiors are dominated by eye-like windows, from whose gaze none of the characters, male or female, can escape.
July 07, 2017
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Insouciance, high-handedness, a complete lack of fucks given – whatever you want to call it, this is the particular screen presence of George Sanders. His rakish aloofness is put to fine use playing the home fatale of The Private Affairs of Bel Ami, an adaptation of an 1885 novel by Guy de Maupassant, directed by Albert Lewin, for whom Sanders had played the wicked Lord Henry in the 1945 MGM production of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.
August 05, 2016

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