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
Genre: Comedy, Drama; Starring: Geraldine Fitzgerald, Angela Lansbury, George Sanders, John Carradine, Warren William; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 112; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: Republic Home Video
Posted August 30 1991 — 12:00 AM EDT
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