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The Affairs of Cellini

The Affairs of Cellini
Fay Wray and Fredric March in a scene from the film
Directed by Gregory La Cava
Produced by 20th Century Pictures
Written by Bess Meredyth
Based on The Firebrand of Florence 
by Edwin Justus Mayer
Starring Frank Morgan
Constance Bennett
Fredric March
Fay Wray
Louis Calhern
Music by Alfred Newman
Edited by Barbara McLean
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • August 24, 1934 (1934-08-24)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Affairs of Cellini (1934) is a comedy film set in Florence over 400 years ago. This film was adapted by Bess Meredyth from the play The Firebrand of Florence by Edwin Justus Mayer. It was directed by Gregory La Cava.


Both the Duke and Duchess have an eye for beauty and other partners. The Duke presently fancies a young woman who poses as an artist's model. The Duchess has her eye on the famous artist, Benvenuto Cellini, who is in the palace making a set of gold plates to be used at ducal banquets. Cellini purportedly hypnotizes young women, and cuckolds the Duke of Florence. The somewhat oblivious Duke is loath to punish the young man, for Cellini fashions gold wares for him, but throws him into the torture chamber. However, a goblet of poisoned wine solves the problem.



Morgan was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. The film was nominated for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Sound, Recording (Thomas T. Moulton).[1]


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