Affairs Of Cellini

  • 1934
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

A well-made bedroom farce has the versatile March as the hellraising, womanizing rake and rascal, Benvenuto Cellini, a talented artist who would rather dabble with other men's wives than pursue his literary and artistic career. He begins by paying attention to his model, Wray, then diverting most of his energy to wooing gorgeous Bennett, whose bumbling,...read more

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A well-made bedroom farce has the versatile March as the hellraising, womanizing rake and rascal, Benvenuto Cellini, a talented artist who would rather dabble with other men's wives than pursue his literary and artistic career. He begins by paying attention to his model, Wray, then

diverting most of his energy to wooing gorgeous Bennett, whose bumbling, sputtering husband, Morgan (in one of many fine performances) blithely ignores the cuckolding and chases after model Wray. Meanwhile, Cellini's enemies--and there are scores of them--headed by Louis Calhern, fight a number of

duels and Cellini barely manages to escape death in some uninviting torture chambers.

Director La Cava, who was to direct many of the great W.C. Fields films, produced a tongue-in-cheek movie where March parodies the part to perfection, but most of his scenes with Morgan were stolen outright by the great character actor, no mean feat. A delightful, light-hearted film, it earned a

Best Actor Academy Award nomination for Morgan, who lost to Clark Gable for IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT. The film earned nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Interior Decoration, and Best Sound.

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