Prince of Foxes

Prince of Foxes

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Director: Henry King

Cast: Henry King, Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Wanda Hendrix

     
 

Filmed entirely on location in Italy, Prince of Foxes is an adaptation of Samuel Shellabarger's popular novel. Set during the Renaissance, the film stars Tyrone Power as Orsini, a good-will ambassador for scheming, covetous Cesare Borgia (Orson Welles). Orsini is aware that he is being used to expand Borgia's political influence, but he does his best to serveSee more details below

Overview

Filmed entirely on location in Italy, Prince of Foxes is an adaptation of Samuel Shellabarger's popular novel. Set during the Renaissance, the film stars Tyrone Power as Orsini, a good-will ambassador for scheming, covetous Cesare Borgia (Orson Welles). Orsini is aware that he is being used to expand Borgia's political influence, but he does his best to serve his master. But when he visits a mountain province ruled by the kindly Duke Varano (Felix Aylmer), Orsini comes to realize that there is more to life than power and possessions. Turning against the Borgias, Orsini is subjected to torture and humiliation, but he escapes to spearhead a revolt against the despotic family. Power is quite good, but he can't help but be overshadowed by such scenery-chewers as Orson Welles, Katina Paxinou (as Orsini's mother) and Everett Sloane (as the toadying Belli). Wanda Hendrix is pretty but forgettable as Varano's young bride, who of course falls in love with the dashing Orsini. Because of contractual and budgetary restrictions, Prince of Foxes had to be filmed in black-and-white, which is a shame; if ever a film cried out for Technicolor, it is this one (20th Century-Fox soon rectified this artistic gaffe with its full-color, location-filmed The Black Rose [1950], which also starred Tyrone Power and Orson Welles).

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Those who enjoy lavishly mounted period pieces will find a great deal to enjoy in Prince of Foxes. While it's a shame that Foxes was filmed in black and white when it practically screams for gorgeous, lush color, the film still is a visual treat. With Leon Shamroy on board as cinematographer, this is no surprise, for Shamroy is a master with the camera. What makes Foxes particularly satisfying is that Shamroy has been turned loose on some truly magnificent locations throughout Italy. With director Henry King guiding him, Shamroy frames the actors in setting after setting that is simply beautiful. It also doesn't hurt that Vittorio Nino Novarese has supplied some eye-catching costumes or that the art and set designers have done their job so well. It's a shame that screenwriter Milton Krims couldn't have supplied them with a better script; for all its visual splendor, Foxes is a ponderous, pretentious work that needs to be lighter and more dynamic. Star Tyrone Power does his best to add some swashbuckling flair, but there's only so much he can do. Orson Welles has a field day, which helps tremendously, but his part is relatively brief. As the female lead, Wanda Hendrix is attractive but dramatically unsatisfying. The supporting cast, however, is quite good.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2007
UPC:
0024543437499
Original Release:
1949
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
36,199

Special Features

Isolated score track; Movietone News: Tyrone Power weds Linda Christian in Rome ceremony; Still gallery; Advertising gallery; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tyrone Power Andrea Orsini
Orson Welles Cesare Borgia
Wanda Hendrix Camilla Verano
Marina Berti Angela Borgia
Everett Sloane Mario Belli
Katina Paxinou Mona Zeppo Constanza
Felix Aylmer Count Marc Antonio Verano
Leslie E. Bradley Don Esteban
Rena Lennart Lady in waiting
Giuseppe Faeti Priest
Eugene Deckers Borgia Henchman
Joop van Hulzen D'Este
Adriano Ambrogi Townsman
Eva Brauer Fabio
James Carney Alphonso D'Este
Franco Corsaro Mattia
Ludmilla Dudarova Vittoria
Eduardo Ciannelli Art dealer

Technical Credits
Henry King Director
Mark-Lee Kirk Art Director
Milton Krims Screenwriter
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Barbara McLean Editor
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Vittorio Nino Novarese Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Sol C. Siegel Producer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Prince of Foxes
1. Main Titles/Tragic Loss [2:46]
2. The Chosen One [6:19]
3. An Eye for Beauty [4:59]
4. Hired Assassin [3:52]
5. Just Like a Gentleman [6:05]
6. Cannon Maker [5:08]
7. A Rare Jewel [7:40]
8. The Ambassador [6:06]
9. Change of Seasons [2:43]
10. An Artist [7:09]
11. The People's Decision [8:01]
12. Preparing for War [4:18]
13. Let the Battle Begin [4:06]
14. Striking Back [2:59]
15. Parley [7:58]
16. The Surrender [4:37]
17. Only a Peasant [10:16]
18. Double-Dealer [2:47]
19. The Signal [3:56]
20. Ringing the Bell [4:54]

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