Bel Ami Foreplay: Script Secret #5

In Bel Ami Script Secret #5, we join Georges, the ladies and their husbands at the dinner table discussion. They have just wrapped up eating their meal and have been discussing a uprising in Morocco. Since we are unsure if the final filming script includes the uprising, because the setting has changed to 1890s in the final script, we’re going to skip this and look in on what happens at dessert.

ROUSSET
What’s for dessert?

CLOTILDE
Yes, please, let’s talk about something else.

(to Georges)

I can’t bear politics. Men talking about men fighting with men about men. It bores me stupid.

GEORGES
What does interest you?

CLOTILDE
I like enjoying myself.

GEORGES
And what do you enjoy?

She thinks, smiling, as she reaches out and takes a cherry from a fruit bowl.

She drops it into her glass of wine.

CLOTILDE
Everything.

The little diamond dewdrop trembles at her earlobe.

It looks as if it is sliding over her skin. Georges’ eyes drop to her throat as if following its path. She turns to him. She knows he has been watching her.

But then, suddenly –

ROUSSET
Alright. You. “Diary of a Cavalry
Officer.” Give me the first article
tomorrow morning.

CHARLES
You realise he’s never written a word –

MADELEINE
That doesn’t matter.

She smiles her mysterious, alluring smile.

MADELEINE
I’ll help him get started.

INT. STAIRS – NIGHT
Georges bounds down the grand staircase two steps at a time, down to the first landing.

There, he stops suddenly, confronted by his own reflection in a grand, floor-length mirror. He is no longer a scruffy exsoldier in a borrowed suit. He sees youth, strength, sex, power. It is electrifying, narcotic. He exults in his own beauty.

He swaggers on down the stairs.

So what do you think, is Georges a cocky mofo or what?!

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