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Farinelli (1994)

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The story of castrato opera singer Carlo Broschi, who enthralled 18th century European audiences under his stage name Farinelli, comes to life in this drama of high notes and even higher passions.

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 overview, first billed only:
Stefano Dionisi ... Carlo Broschi (Farinelli)
Enrico Lo Verso ... Riccardo Broschi
Elsa Zylberstein ... Alexandra
Caroline Cellier ... Margareth Hunter
Marianne Basler ... Countess Mauer
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 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 »

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Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Miranda Richardson and Armin Mueller-Stahl were offered roles. 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

Riccardo Broschi: Castrato! Castrato!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

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 UK-3See 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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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

France | Italy | Belgium | UK

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

17 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Farinelli - Kastratsangeren See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,573,411

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,600,226
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Dolby | Dolby SR

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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