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Bel Ami unites a fantastic cast lead by Robert Pattinson alongside Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas in a lush period drama full of sexual intrigue, scandal and manipulation. It is an adaptation of the classic French novel of the same name by Guy de Maupassant, which was a literary power-keg of its time. In the tradition of Dangerous Liaisons , Bel Ami is an absorbing period film, weaving a web of conquest, ambition and conspiracy. The deliciously devious characters play a high-stakes game of passion and betrayal, keeping audiences charmed and captivated.

Georges Duroy, is poor, young, attractive and very ambitious. Offered a job as a journalist in Paris, he soon learns that to make his way in the world he needs to use more than his brains. So he becomes an arch-seducer and social climber, using his looks and charm to bewitch a series of wealthy, influential society beauties and become one of the most successful men of the glittering 'beau monde' of 1890s Paris. His female admirers know him as 'Bel-Ami'- to their husbands, he is the enemy. This erotically charged tale of ambition, power and seduction is a dazzling portrayal of a world where sex is power, and celebrity is an obsession.

Publisher: London ; Toronto : Penguin Books, 2012
ISBN: 9780141196794
Branch Call Number: MOVIE TIE-IN
Characteristics: 393 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Maupassant, Guy de 1850-1893 Bel-Ami


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Dec 21, 2016

Very much a plot driven novel, and rather dramatic. Very few moments of reflection or acute observation. Among the best parts is on pages 140 to143, but such insights are no more to be found. What is really astonishing is that Georges behaves exactly like a cunning social climbing woman - a type which is still celebrated in the modern women's subculture - and all the women he uses are shocked and appalled!

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