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Farinelli (1994)

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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 »

Director:

Gérard Corbiau

Writers:

Andrée Corbiau (original scenario), Gérard Corbiau (original scenario) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stefano Dionisi ... Carlo Broschi (Farinelli)
Enrico Lo Verso ... Riccardo Broschi
Elsa Zylberstein ... Alexandra
Caroline Cellier ... Margareth Hunter
Marianne Basler Marianne Basler ... Countess Mauer
Jacques Boudet Jacques Boudet ... Felipe V
Graham Valentine Graham Valentine ... Prince of Wales
Pier Paolo Capponi ... Broschi
Renaud du Peloux de Saint Romain Renaud du Peloux de Saint Romain ... Benedict Hunter
Delphine Zentout ... Young admirer
Omero Antonutti ... Nicola Porpora
Jeroen Krabbé ... Georg Friedrich Händel
Richard Reeves Richard Reeves
Jonathan Fox Jonathan Fox
Jo Betzing 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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The bawdy adventures of Carlo Broschi. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

France | Italy | Belgium

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

17 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Farinelli (Il castrato) See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,122,948
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Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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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Connections

Referenced in The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Alto Giove, è Tua Grazia
[Acis Solo: Act III, Scene V, from Opera "Polifemo"]
Libretto by Paolo Antonio Rolli (London, 1735)
Composed by Nicola Porpora
Vocals performed by Ewa Malas-Godlewska (Soprano) and Derek Lee Ragin (Countertenor)
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Wonderful movie but has many inaccuracies
25 June 2002 | by peter07See all my reviews

I know I'm being sort of anal by mentioning this, but this movie, as beautiful and enchanting as it is, has many inaccuracies.

Farinelli, in addition to his handsome features and heavenly voice, was also a very humble person and hardly displayed the raucous behavior of a "rock star" as depicted in the film.

Second, the singer was known as disinterested in sex, thus I have no idea why the sex scenes in the film were included. True, there WERE castrati who did engage in pleasures of the flesh, but Farinelli was NOT one of them, or at least there are no historical records suggesting so.

All that aside, this movie was a lavishly done production and a must-see!


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