The Affairs of Cellini Overview:

The Affairs of Cellini (1934) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Gregory La Cava and produced by Raymond Griffith, Darryl F. Zanuck and William Goetz.


A romantic comedy about the Renaissance artist Cellini. Cellini is more interested in pursuing women than his artistic pursuits. He initially flirts with his artistic model, but then succumbs to a beautiful Duchess. The duchess's husband doesn't have time to worry about Cellini romancing his wife, as he's occupied romancing Cellini's model. The artist also finds time to swashbuckle a little between romantic intrigues and painting.

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Academy Awards 1934 --- Ceremony Number 7 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActorFrank MorganNominated
Best Art DirectionRichard DayNominated
Best CinematographyCharles RosherNominated

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