Robert Pattinson’s character Georges Duroy in period film Bel Ami is a down-on-his-luck ex-soldier trying to start anew in Bel Epoch Paris. A new clip of the film shows just how down he is.
The featurette, which has gone viral, shows the first six minutes of the picture. It’s dubbed in Italian so that’s a stumbling block, but it’s revealing in other ways.
It includes never before released footage of Rob living in squalor before his character meets up with wealthy Charles Forestier (Philip Glenister) in a raucous barroom.
The fateful meeting opens the door to French society for Duroy and sets him on a path greed and seduction.
But his life immediately before that is truly destitute. His living conditions are contrasted with scenes of gay Paree as the rich dine in fancy restaurants on exquisite cuisine. In contrast, his only meal is a half-eaten apple.
Forestier, an old army buddy, helps Duroy get a job as a journalist, which puts him in contact with Parisian society, and more pointedly, its alluring women, played by Christina Ricci, Kristen Scott Thomas, Uma Thurman and Holliday Grainger.
The big-screen adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s steamy 19th century novel is all-about a social climbing. Rob’s rogue character seduces his way to the top of Parisian society, bedding one wealthy socialite after another.
The film had its world premiere out of competition at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in February. Despite the all-star cast, the film reviews have been mixed at best.
The picture currently has a 45 percent rating on rottentomatoes, a Web site that tracks reviews. But fans love it. It has an 85 percent rating among those who have seen the picture.
Check out the clip below; the film looks intriguing.