MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 15,642 this week

The Affairs of Cellini (1934)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama | History  -  24 August 1934 (USA)
6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 212 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 3 critic

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

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (from the play by), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 01 Sep 2011
 
a list of 3763 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
 
a list of 10000 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
 
list image
a list of 36 titles
created 07 Jul 2013
 
a list of 429 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Affairs of Cellini (1934)

The Affairs of Cellini (1934) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Affairs of Cellini.
Nominated for 4 Oscars. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Kitty Vane, Alan Trent, and Gerald Shannon have been inseparable friends since childhood. Kitty has always known she would marry one of them, but has waited until the beginning of World War... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Franklin
Stars: Fredric March, Merle Oberon, Herbert Marshall
Romance | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Death decides to take a holiday from his usual business to see what it is like to be a mortal. Posing as Prince Sirki, he spends 3 days with Duke Lambert and his guests at his dukal estate.... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Fredric March, Evelyn Venable, Guy Standing
5th Ave Girl (1939)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Rich industrialist Walter Connolly feels unwanted by his wife and children so he hires unemployed Ginger Rogers to pose as his mistress.

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Walter Connolly, Verree Teasdale
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Elizabeth Barrett's tyrannical father has forbidden any of his family to marry. Nevertheless, Elizabeth falls in love with the poet Robert Browning.

Director: Sidney Franklin
Stars: Norma Shearer, Fredric March, Charles Laughton
King of Jazz (1930)
Animation | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

This revue presents its numbers around the orchestra leader Paul Whiteman, besides that it shows in it's final number that the European popular music are the roots of American popular music... See full summary »

Directors: John Murray Anderson, Pál Fejös
Stars: Paul Whiteman, John Boles, Laura La Plante
Arrowsmith (1931)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Based on Sinclair Lewis's novel "Arrowsmith". A medical researcher is sent to a plague outbreak, where he has to decide priorities for the use of a vaccine.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Ronald Colman, Helen Hayes, Richard Bennett
Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Mary Barrett is an aspiring Opera singer who is taken under the wings of a famous operatic maestro, Guilio Monterverdi. After spending endless working hours together and arguing, their ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Schertzinger
Stars: Grace Moore, Tullio Carminati, Lyle Talbot
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The work of a progressive female psychiatrist and her colleague at a mental hospital is threatened by the arrival of a conservative new supervisor, who disapproves of both her methods and the fact that she is a woman in a "man's field."

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Charles Boyer, Joan Bennett
Bottoms Up (1934)
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Promoter Smoothe King helps a pair of phonies con their way into a movie company. As Wanda heads toward stardom, she turns more and more from King toward the matinée idol. King must decide between his plans and her happiness.

Director: David Butler
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Pat Paterson, John Boles
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

At age four-and-a-half the Dionne quintuplets in their third movie - singing, dancing, playing with puppies, being charming.

Director: Herbert I. Leeds
Stars: The Dionne Quintuplets, Yvonne Dionne, Cecile Dionne
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Small town girl meets and falls for a playboy type on a train to New York. For him, the fling is over when they arrive, but she continues to carry a torch. She meets and marries his brother... See full summary »

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: Irene Dunne, Robert Montgomery, Preston Foster
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Sexy Texas gal storms her way through life, brawling and boozing until her luck runs out, forcing her to learn the errors of her ways.

Director: John Francis Dillon
Stars: Clara Bow, Gilbert Roland, Thelma Todd
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Duchess of Florence
...
...
Alessandro - Duke of Florence
...
Angela
Vince Barnett ...
Jessie Ralph ...
Beatrice
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | History

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

24 August 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Firebrand  »

Box Office

Budget:

$549,370 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Weill and Gershwin did it better.
7 August 2005 | by (Minffordd, North Wales) – See all my reviews

Benvenuto Cellini was a goldsmith in 16th-century Florence, and apparently he was also something of a hell-raiser and a swordsman (in the sexual sense as well as the literal one). However, it's my understanding that we have only Cellini's own memoirs (never published in his lifetime) as testimony of his sexual prowess. Fortunately, some of his artistic creations have survived, and they leave no doubt as to his skill as an artisan.

This movie is based on a play by Edwin Justus Mayer, which also inspired 'The Firebrand of Florence', a musical (with songs by Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin) that flopped on Broadway in 1945. I wish I could have seen that musical instead of this movie. What's wrong with it? Well, there's lots of sumptuous Hollywood spectacle on view here, which is part of the problem. This is supposed to be 16th-century Italy, but everything is spotlessly clean and everybody has good teeth. Late in the film, we get a glimpse of brawny Dewey Robinson in a Prince Valiant wig, galumphing about as a poncy steward. I was more impressed by Vince Barnett as Cellini's dogsbody assistant, wearing a wig that conceals Barnett's lug-ears.

Some people enjoy Frank Morgan's performance. I don't, largely because he nearly always played a whinnying idiot. Here he's cast as the duke of Florence, who was apparently a whinnying idiot because that's how Morgan plays him. More impressive is Fay Wray, an actress of keen intelligence, who here very convincingly portrays a stupid peasant girl. The jumble of American accents are very annoying in this movie, constantly reminding us that this is 16th-century Florence by way of 20th Century-Fox.

Constance Bennett gets top billing, but the real draw here is definitely Fredric March, who plays Cellini in full swashbuckler mode. March's stunt double makes an impressive entrance through the ceiling. The sets and costumes throughout this film are elaborate and impressive, as is the camera work. Still, this is one of those annoying movies in which the hero is the only 'real' man, who invariably comes up trumps in every encounter. I'll rate this movie 6 out of 10. It probably would have been a better movie if the duke had been played by Ralph Morgan, a much better (and more versatile) actor than his brother Frank


10 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Worldwide gross of $88,000? deforest-1
Discuss The Affairs of Cellini (1934) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?