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The Private Affairs of Bel Ami

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The Private Affairs of Bel Ami

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
112 minutes
performer:
Geraldine Fitzgerald, Angela Lansbury, George Sanders, John Carradine, Warren William
distributor:
Republic Home Video
genre:
Comedy, Drama

We gave it a B

The video release of this film is happy news for fans of George Sanders’ particular brand of cinematic spleen. The Private Affairs of Bel Ami casts Sanders as a Parisian womanizer who uses marriage to advance his career while ignoring his one faithful lover (Angela Lansbury). Hollywood censors demanded a final comeuppance, but the star takes the full, decadent measure of his role when he eyes one middle-aged conquest and mutters, ”I have lighted a fire in an old, soot-filled chimney.” At such moments Sanders makes stylish thoughtlessness totally compelling. B

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