Once upon a time, there was another Bel Ami movie..

This is not the first time Guy de Maupassant’s novel Bel Ami has been made into a movie.  In fact, it was originally scripted in 1947 as “The Private Affairs of Bel Ami“.

The movie starred George Sanders as Georges. I bet he didn’t have too much trouble adapting on the set with his character’s name.  Hardy har har.

1940's version of the eff me eyes and sex hair

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Angela Lansbury played Clotilde (think Christina Ricci’s character).  Yep, that’s the Murder She Wrote woman. Hot?  Well, maybe by 1940’s standards…

Sex on Fire? Um, no.

Judging from this movie poster, the 1940’s version had a slightly different spin on Bel Ami than we may get from the 2011 version.

Sign of the times

And here’s a little Robert Pattinson twist.  According to IMDB,

“The producers held a contest for artists to create a painting about the temptation of Saint Anthony for use in the film. Although Max Ernst won the contest and got his painting on screen, Salvador Dalí‘s contribution (featuring a parade of spider-legged elephants tormenting the saint) became better known.”

And now we’ve come full circle.

Do you think the 2011 Bel Ami movie will trump the 1940’s version in sexiness?

Maybe the Dali connection is an omen and we should be expecting the “stunt stache” (aka the Dali stache) to make an appearance in the film?



  • Beth

    I like how Angela Lansbury looks like she’s in My Fair Lady and going to Ascot while George Sanders is strikingly similar to Walt Disney. But I digress.

    Somehow, I have to hope that Rob has enough star power to deny a Lee Press-on Stache. When he did Little Ashes, he was unknown and didn’t have the clout to trash a ‘stache.

    • WastingTheMorning

      Methinks they replaced sex with song and dance in the movie. Clotilde and Georges had a little dance studio where they tapped all night long and then went home tired to their spouses.

  • LarissaH

    George Sanders just does not do it for me, but I would love to see that movie if I could get my hands on it – just for a good laugh!

  • spunksouth

    LOL at the poster showing the chick clutching his leg and looking up longingly in the direction of the peen. Think that if nothing else will remain constant!!!!

  • I can take or leave the stache but I’m seriously bummed about the stunt ass (see what I did there? Bummed?)I wanna see Rob’s ass damn it! Because it’s important to the integrity of the film.

    Maybe EdR was channeling Angela Lansbury’s sex appeal while filming RM?!?

  • Maureen

    I think Bel Ami 2011 is already better known than the 1940’s Bel Ami movie has ever been, Perhaps George Sanders had the right name but Rob Pattinson has the fan’s.

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  • silargu

    The first “Georges Duroy” died in my hometown. That was scary.