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First “Bel Ami” still released

I’ll admit I haven’t read Guy de Maupassant’s “Bel Ami”, published in 1885.  However, I’ve read a synopsis of the book and script so I have a basic understanding of the plot.

Yesterday, Declan Donnellan released his first still of the much anticipated Robert Pattinson flick due either late this year or early next year (rumors floating around about both dates).  The still is a scene of Uma Thurman looking emotionally pained (or is that sexually excited?) standing near a window, with Robert Pattinson whispering in her ear.  Whatever he is saying, it would seem, is causing Uma’s reaction.

Pattinson’s character, Georges Duroy, is supposed to be a sexual hound, seducing women of all ages.  However, I don’t see the connection in this image – perhaps because in most of Rob’s films, his love interests are around his age both on screen and off.

I do admire most of Uma Thurman’s work, so I am anxious to see how the scenes play out on screen vs. in an image and if their characters truly have chemistry on screen.

At this point, with what I know about the film, I see Christina Ricci and Robert Pattinson having the most chemistry on screen, but we won’t know until the film’s release.  Until then, we’ll continue to base our opinions off of stills, posters, trailers and critics.

What do you think of the new still?

Photo: 19 Entertainment



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One Comment

  • May 4, 2010 | Permalink |

    I’ve read the book and, indeed, his scenes with Ricci should be the most sexually charged. However, his fling with Kristen Scott Thomas’ character is the most disturbing, and emotionally charged. Their relationship dominates the last quarter of the book and is the most engrossing. KST could definitely win some awards if she indeed delivers.

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