Excerpt: Guy de Maupassant’s novel Bel Ami has been adapted for the stage and screen multiple times—most memorably in 1947, in a movie starring George Sanders and Angela Lansbury. The novel’s appeal is obvious: It explores the social strata of 19th-century Paris by showing an ambitious scoundrel hopping from bed to bed.
Excerpt: Set in Paris in the 1890s, based on a story by Guy de Maupassant, and retaining its original French title, it may come as a surprise to see Bel Ami populated by an all-English speaking cast. There have been more than a few misguided attempts by Hollywood to delve into French period drama, but there are also a few noteworthy precedents to suggest that it�s not an entirely foolhardy enterprise, not least of which is the superb Dangerous Liaisons (even if the French title...
Summary: Displaying little in the way of wily self-assurance, charisma or gravitas, the "Twilight Saga" heartthrob doesn't exactly invigorate this flailing English-language adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's much-filmed novel.
Summary: There are few stories I relish as much as those that centre around some sort of societal ascension. There's something quite delicious about watching a character weave around his or her class status to infiltrate a rarefied arena, only to inevitably become a victim of its corruptive influence. More So I was naturally excited to see this film, based on one of the few novels by that French master of the sardonic short story, Guy De Maupassant.