Where Richter took moments in the news and gave them a genteel blur, Fabian Marcaccio goes for gross-out goop instead.
This racial balancing act makes Belle one of the most genteel yet uncomfortable depictions of racism ever to grace the screen.
In this case, at least, it was a genteel way of describing old-fashioned baksheesh.
1590s, from Middle French gentil "stylish, fashionable, elegant; nice, graceful, pleasing," from Old French gentil "high-born, noble" (11c.); a reborrowing of the French word that had early come into English as gentle (q.v.), with French pronunciation and stress preserved to emphasize the distinction. Cf. also jaunty; gentile. OED 2nd ed. reports genteel "is now used, except by the ignorant, only in mockery" (a development it dates from the 1840s).