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Farinelli (1994)

Farinelli, is the artistic name of Carlo Broschi, a young singer in Handel's time. He was castrated in his childhood in order to preserve his voice. During his life he becomes to be a very ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Carlo Broschi (Farinelli)
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Riccardo Broschi
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Alexandra
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Margareth Hunter
Renaud du Peloux de Saint Romain ...
Benedict
Omero Antonutti ...
Marianne Basler ...
Countess Mauer
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Broschi
Graham Valentine ...
Prince of Wales
Jacques Boudet ...
Delphine Zentout ...
Young admirer
Richard Reeves
Jonathan Fox
Jo Betzing ...
(as Josef Betzing)
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Farinelli, is the artistic name of Carlo Broschi, a young singer in Handel's time. He was castrated in his childhood in order to preserve his voice. During his life he becomes to be a very famous opera singer, managed by his mediocre brother (Riccardo). Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Où s'arrête le pouvoir de sa voix?

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Rated R for depiction of adult themes and sexuality | See all certifications »

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17 March 1995 (USA)  »

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$2,122,948 (USA)
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Miranda Richardson and Armin Mueller-Stahl were offered roles. See more »

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LIGHTING. In scenes that show stage lights and chandeliers, the focus on them is softened, but it can still be seen that the "lamps" and "candles" are in fact far too steady, and too smokeless, to be or to contain live flame. Gaslight was not brought into theatres until just after 1800 (in England), and limelight -- with real quicklime -- around 1820. Also, some outdoor lighting -- outside palaces, etc. -- is obviously too bright, blue- or green-shaded, smokeless, and sharp-edged to come from a bonfire. See more »

Quotes

Carlo Broschi: [on Riccardo's opera "Orpheo"] You'll never finish it!
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Lascia ch'io pianga
[Almirena's Solo: Act II, Scene IV, from Opera "Rinaldo"]
Composed by George Frideric Handel
Libretto by Aaron Hill, translated by Giacomo Rossi.
Vocals performed by Ewa Malas-Godlewska (Soprano) and Derek Lee Ragin (Countertenor)
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Beautiful
14 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

This film was great. Even if the singing looked a little fake at times, and there was a bit too much sex than was really necessary, but a great film, with beautiful music. I thought more emphasis would have been put upon the anguish and degradation Farinelli might have felt, and more stress on the love/hate relationship the public had with the castrati, but definitely a film worth seeing.


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