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Prince of Foxes (TCF 1949, Orson Welles, Tyrone Power)



Orson Welles playing Cesare Borgia (in order to finance his own films) offers reason enough to see this, but Tyrone Power also shines as the henchman of the treacherous Renaissance despot, who uses Power’s considerable charms to avoid taking fortresses by storm. Welles soon discovers that his devilish ruses come up short compared to the wiles of Cupid as Power manages to seduce his way into the duke’s fortress, but finds himself in love with the daughter.

Prince of Foxes was the last of four films Orson Welles and Everett Sloane made together. Their first, Citizen Kane (1941), starred many members of Welles’s New York Mercury Theater group, of which Sloane was a member.

Academy Award Nominations: Best Cinematography; Best Costume Design.

production details
USA | Twentieth Century Fox | 107 minutes | 1949

Director: Henry King
Producer: Sol C. Siegel
Original Story: Samuel Shellabarger
Director of Photography: Leon Shamroy
Editing: Barbara McLean
Music: Alfred Newman
Script: Milton Krims
Production Design: Mark-Lee Kirk, Lyle Wheeler

Orson Welles as Cesare Borgia
Felix Aylmer as Marc Antonio Verano
Marina Berti as Angela Borgia
Everett Sloane as Mario Belli
Tyrone Power as Andrea Orsini
Wanda Hendrix as Camilla Verano
Katina Paxinou as Mona Zoppo