Magnolia Pictures’ Bel Ami, directed by Declan Donnellan and written by Rachel Bennette, is based on the French author Guy de Maupassant’s 1885 novel, “Bel Ami, or, The History of a Scoundrel: A Novel.” Set for a limited released on June 8, 2012, Bel Ami is the story of George Duroy’s (Robert Pattinson’s) corrupt rise from poverty to wealth, from pennilessness to one of the most successful men inParis.
Although Paris in the 1880’s was obstensibly a man’s world, as Duroy quickly learned, the most important people in Paris were not actually the men, but their wives. Upon returning from three years of military service abroad, Duroy works as a clerk before starting a career in journalism. Just like today, in 1880’s Paris connections were everything – and in his job as a journalist Duroy was able to meet some of the city’s most powerful people.
In a world where sex was power and politics and media jostled for influence, Duroy lived at the intersection of all three. Using his wits and powers of seduction, Duroy’s life was changed through a series of ruthless and calculating trysts with Paris’s most influential women.
Also starring Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci.