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Farinelli (1994)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  17 March 1995 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stefano Dionisi ...
Carlo Broschi (Farinelli)
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Riccardo Broschi
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Alexandra
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Caroline Cellier ...
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 ...
Felipe V
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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Both male and female voices were combined to create the sound of Farinelli's singing voice. The male voice was Derek Lee Ragin, a British countertenor and the female Ewa Małas-Godlewska, a Polish mezzo-soprano. See more »

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Carlo Broschi: [on Riccardo's opera "Orpheo"] You'll never finish it!
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Worth seeing and listening to, but somewhat thin story.
27 May 2000 | by (Oslo, Norway) – See all my reviews

Visually and sound-wise this is a beautiful film that can be recommended. The flash-backs when Ricardo looks back on childhood are good, showing the tight links between the two brothers. But, one is waiting through the whole film for the continuation of the early scene where Carlo (Farinelli) does not try to prevent the soldiers from taking Ricardo away by force. There is too much focus on the brothers' conquests and maybe too little on the singing. But the songs that we hear are beautiful and when one knows the amount of work that has been put into the reconstruction of Farinelli's unique voice (covering one octave more than any singer alive today) one should probably not complain.


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