Prince of Foxes (1949)

Prince of Foxes (1949)





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Prince of Foxes is set during the Italian Renaissance and chronicles the courage of the one man with enough honor and bravery to stand up against the evil machinations of the megalomaniacal Cesare Borgia. Filmed on location in Italy, the story begins as Borgia relates his plans to his aide and confidant Andrea Corsini. His first target is an impregnable fortress defended by the Duke of Alfonso D'Este, a famed cannon maker. Since force will not allow Borgia to breach the walls he decides to try a different tack. Using Corsini as a pawn, he decides to try and convince the Duke to marry Lucrezia Borgia, his sister. Corsini succeeds, and Borgia then orders him to seduce the wife of an old duke who runs a strategically important duchy. But after meeting his intended victim and her husband, Corsini balks. Enraged, Borgia decides to take a more direct approach.
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Orson Welles
as Cesare Borgia
Tyrone Power
as Andrea Orsini
Wanda Hendrix
as Camilla Verano
Marina Berti
as Angela Borgia
Everett Sloane
as Mario Belli
Katina Paxinou
as Mona Zeppo Constanza
Felix Aylmer
as Count Marc Antonio Verano
Leslie E. Bradley
as Don Esteban
James Carney
as Alphonso D'Este
Eduardo Ciannelli
as Art dealer
Rena Lennart
as Lady in waiting
Eugene Deckers
as Borgia Henchman
Eva Brauer
as Fabio
as Specialty Dancer
Albert Latasha
as Townsman
Adriano Ambrogi
as Townsman
Dave Kurland
as Soldier
Kenneth Lang
as Soldier
Frank Salvi
as Soldier
Alex Serbaroli
as Soldier
Alan Asherman
as Soldier
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Death shall not be a burden to the living. A young prince has a supporting princess wife to be and they plan to rule their kingdom and rule it well; however, an associate betrays them and helps an invader trying to take over the kingdom. The prince and princess will need to strategize a plan to overcome impossible odds if they hope to save themselves and their people. "I was thinking." "Good. Practice makes perfect." Henry King, director of Twelve O'clock High, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Song of Bernadette, Carousel, The Gunfighter, and The Black Swann (1942), delivers Prince of Foxes. The storyline for this picture felt a little Shakespearian with some solid dialogue and larger than life characters. The action was okay but the acting was excellent. The cast includes Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Wanda Hendrix, and Everett Sloane. "Have you the stomach for greatness?" "The stomach and the appetite." This was recommended to me by Fios so I DVR'd it off FXM. This was interesting and Power and Welles deliver excellent performances. The conclusion comes together well; however, this isn't as good as similar films released in this era starring Errol Flynn. Overall, this is worth a viewing but not worth adding to your classic film DVD collection unless it's due to the cast. "A wise tongue never needs to repeat itself." Grade: B-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

A sprawling story of Renaissance politics, betrayal, and love, this epic tale is well-shot and beautifully cast. Tyrone Power plays the spy of the evil duke (Orson Welles), sent into the castle of a small, peaceful village. Love mingles his quest for power, and true loyalty emerges. Tender scenes dot the already breathtaking landscape of on-location European architecture and hillsides. A moving story, and much fulfilling.

Carmela "inhonoredglory"

Average costumer with Ty starting off an adventurer looking for the best of it but redeeming himself in the end. Orson in a role that unfortunately is far to small comes off best with an enjoyable mixture of humor and malevolence, some of his outfits though defy understanding!

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