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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.
About the Author
Guy de Maupassant (1850-93) was a literary disciple of Flaubert and part of the group of young Naturalistic writers that formed around Zola. In addition to his six novels, which include Bel-Ami (1885) and Pierre et Jean (1888), Maupassant wrote hundreds of short stories, the most famous of which is Boule de suif. By the late 1870s, he began to develop the first signs of syphilis, and in 1891 he was committed to an asylum in Paris, having tried to commit suicide. He died there two years later. Douglas Parmee is a well-known French translator.
Number Of Pages: 394
Published: 26th April 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 19.8
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Media tie-in