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The Affairs of Cellini is based on Edwin Justus Mayer's popular stage play The Firebrand, which in turn was based on the life and times of Renaissance artist/political reactionary Benvenuto Cellini. Fredric March plays the tempestuous, amorous Cellini, who spends as much time in swordplay with jealous husbands as he does in his artist's loft. When the duke of Florence (Frank Morgan) falls for Cellini's beautiful model (Fay Wray), Cellini is presented in court, whereupon he revives an ongoing affair with the duchess of Florence (Constance Bennett). Though a bumbling buffoon, the duke nonetheless holds the power of life and death over everyone in his domain, including Cellini. Thanks to his political activities and his overactive libido, Cellini is nearly executed, but a series of farce-like complications allows the plotline to turn out to the artist's advantage. Though hardly reliable as history, The Affairs of Cellini scores on its comic content, including the hilarious performances of Frank Morgan as the cuckolded duke and Fay Wray as the monumentally stupid artist's model. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Day Best Art Direction 1934 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frank Morgan Best Actor 1934 Nominee

Cast

Constance Bennett
as Duchess of Florence
Fredric March
as Benvenuto Cellini
Frank Morgan
as Alessandro, Duke of Florence
Fay Wray
as Angela
Vince Barnett
as Ascanio
Jessie Ralph
as Beatrice
Louis Calhern
as Ottaviano
Jay Eaton
as Polverino
Paul Harvey
as Emissary
Jack Rutherford
as Captain of Guards
Lucille Ball
as Bit Part
Jack Rutherford
as Captain of Guards

Crew

Gregory La Cava
Director
William Goetz
Producer
Bess Meredyth
Screenwriter
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Richard Day
Production Designer
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