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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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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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

24 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Firebrand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$549,370 (estimated)
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Production Co:

20th Century Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 27, 1946 with Frank Morgan reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

Duchess of Florence: Jelly - how like the men of our times.
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A watchable but silly trifle...
1 February 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Because this movie starred Fredric March, I was sure to see it. However, after seeing it, I can't exactly say it's a must-see film...or that I even liked it. It's not that it's a bad movie, but it's not all that great, either.

March plays the title character--a man who was a goldsmith for the Medicis in Renaissance Italy. Through much of the film, Cellini spends his time chasing women and killing people in sword fights (wow...Freud would have had a field day if he'd ever met a guy like this). It's all very well acted yet stilted because it's essentially a costume drama--the sort of films I don't particularly like--though I am a huge fan of classic Hollywood. My problem with this film and others like it is that so much energy and time and money is spend on sets and costumes that the rest of the film usually suffers. The only real plus for the film is the nice and jovial performance by Frank Morgan--he was a lot of fun and quite in his element. Otherwise, it's just another costumer combined with a light comedic/romantic touch--the sort of film Errol Flynn or John Barrymore (during the silent era) would have excelled at if they'd been given such a role.

As for me, I never got into the film very much as it seemed like a silly sort of trifle of a film, but also could see it was a quality production. Perhaps there were just too many knowing glances between Constance Bennett and March to make this a particularly rewarding film to watch.


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