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The Affairs of Cellini (1934)

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

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Duchess of Florence
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Alessandro - Duke of Florence
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Angela
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Beatrice
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Ottaviano
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Polverino
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Captain of the Guards (as John Rutherford)
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Daughter of the Royal House of Bocci
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The 16th-century sculptor woos the Duchess of Florence despite the duke.

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24 August 1934 (USA)  »

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The Firebrand  »

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$549,370 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The play, "The Firebrand of Florence," opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 15 October 1924 and closed in May 1925 after 261 performances. The opening night cast included Nana Bryant as the Duchess, Frank Morgan as Allessandro (same role as in the movie), Edward G. Robinson as Ottaviano and Joseph Schildkraut as Cellini. See more »

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Duchess of Florence: Jelly - how like the men of our times.
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One of Bennett's Best
14 January 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Constance Bennett was born to play a Medici. Her combination of hauteur and ooh-la-la makes this role a perfect fit. Frank Morgan, as her dithering husband, is amusing but less plausible.

Fredric March, as the title character, is good. He was always good. Possibly not the heartthrob he needs to be, he is nevertheless both cocky and handsome. Fay Wray is excellent as a commoner whose tastes are too prosaic for the dastardly lover Cellini. She looks beautiful (as does Bennett.) This is certainly atypical Gregory La Cava. It is probably not very accurate historically. But as costume pieces go, it's very compelling. A few years later, another studio made one that is more famous. That was "Marie Antoinette." It was better researched and is still somewhat well known. But it is really dull.

The costumes here are gorgeous. Now and then the music is appropriate to the time. A theme that seems distinctly 19th Century Romantic runs through, though.

The supporting cast is up to the task. It's hard to imagine what people sitting down in a theater in 1934 made of this. Bennett was still a big star so maybe they were happy to see her. It's an oddity, no doubt about it. But it's very good.


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