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The Affairs of Cellini (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, History | 24 August 1934 (USA)
The 16th-century sculptor woos the Duchess of Florence despite the duke.

Director:

Gregory La Cava

Writers:

Bess Meredyth (screen play), Edwin Justus Mayer (from the play by)
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Constance Bennett ... Duchess of Florence
Fredric March ... Benvenuto Cellini
Frank Morgan ... Alessandro - Duke of Florence
Fay Wray ... Angela
Vince Barnett ... Ascanio
Jessie Ralph ... Beatrice
Louis Calhern ... Ottaviano
Jay Eaton ... Polverino
Paul Harvey ... Emissary
Jack Rutherford ... Captain of the Guards (as John Rutherford)
Irene Ware ... Daughter of the Royal House of Bocci
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Storyline

The 16th-century sculptor woos the Duchess of Florence despite the duke.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | History

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

24 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Firebrand See more »

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Budget:

$549,370 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

20th Century Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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According to a 1934 newspaper article, Constance Bennett wore 20 costumes in the film. Weighed together, they amounted to 1,000 pounds of wardrobe; The heaviest of Bennett's costumes was 44 pounds, while the rest averaged about 30. See more »

Quotes

Duchess of Florence: Jelly - how like the men of our times.
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Frank Morgan gets an Oscar nod
16 July 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Fredric March stars as the notorious sculptor Cellini, who, as the title suggests, has many affairs in the 90-minute movie. It's a little bit silly when you watch it, almost as if the movie might be a spoof of itself, when Freddie repeatedly seduces his conquests. So, if you're the mood to laugh, you can rent it and treat it like a spoof, and if you're in the mood for a drama in the 1600s, you can take it seriously.

Frank Morgan plays against type-and was rewarded by an Oscar nomination-in this movie, as a cruel duke who doesn't bat an eyelash at using torture as a punishment. Frank's wife is Constance Bennett, and when Freddie visits the palace, it isn't long before she falls under her spell. That might not be the smartest move, seeing how much of a bad guy her husband is. . .

This movie won't hurt you if you decide to rent it, but it also won't end up being your favorite. It's not Freddie's best performance, and while Frank does do a good job, I prefer A Lost Lady which was released in 1934. Frank gets to play the romantic lead in that one; how rare is that!


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