The Affairs of Cellini (1934)


“Jelly – how like the men of our times.” – Duchess of Florence

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Jun 2018)

Brief Synopsis – The Duke and Duchess of Florence rule their people together yet both find ways to have affairs with other people.

My Take on it – This is such a silly and strange film that as hard as it tries, never really manages to get things to work properly.

When looking at the cast, it seems like it should be a hit with Fredric March, Fay Wray [The Damsel in King Kong (1933)] and even Frank Morgan [The Wizard in The Wizard of Oz (1939)] taking part, but you’d be quite wrong because none of them manage to do anything memorable with these roles.

The story is terribly presented and nothing really happens that would warrant a reason to find this film interesting at all.

I’m still quite baffled how Morgan got an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in this film, but the Academy has always dolled out surprises over the years and I guess this is just another one to add to the long list of strange nominations that no one will ever be able to understand.

It also managed to garner nominations in 3 technical categories (cinematography, Art Direction and Sound Recording) but didn’t manage to win any of those either.

Bottom Line – Completely silly film that doesn’t work at all. Nice seeing March, Morgan and Wray in this film despite the fact that none do anything to make their characters or the story itself memorable at all. Very surprised that Morgan was somehow able to garner a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars for this role because it isn’t anything special at all.

MovieRob’s Favorite 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. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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