By Steve Daly
August 30, 1991 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Private Affairs of Bel Ami

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

The Private Affairs of Bel Ami

type
  • Movie
Genre
mpaa
  • Unrated
runtime
  • 112 minutes
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