Farinelli Movie Review 1994

Information and Film Reviews for Farinelli the Movie

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A movie to make men cringe. Floridly depicts the complex professional and personal ties of 18th-century opera composer Riccardo Broschi (Lo Verso) and his younger brother Carlo (Dionisi), a celebrated castrato singer under the stage name "Farinelli." In part, because of an early church prohibition against women singing in public, boys were castrated before puberty to preserve their pure soprano voices while vocal power and agility grew as they became men. Castrati were the rock stars of their day and Farinelli lived a flamboyant life before retiring to the Spanish court of Philip V. The castrato voice heard in the movie is an electronic mixture of counter-tenor Derek Lee Ragin and soprano Ewa Mallas Godlewska. French and Italian with subtitles.

Distribution

Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL: http://www.spe.sony.com, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 110 minutes.
Originally from French, Italian, Belgian.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Biopics: Musicians, Sex & Sexuality, True Stories, Brothers & Sisters, Opera, Period Piece: 18th Century, Royalty
Screenplay
Gerard Corbiau, Andree Corbiau, Marcel Beaulieu
Cast
Stefano Dionisi, Enrico Lo Verso, Jeroen Krabbe, Elsa Zylberstein, Caroline Cellier, Omero Antonutti, Jacques Boudet
Cinematography
Walther Vanden Ende
Director
Gerard Corbiau
Music
Christopher Rousset
Producer
Vera Belmont, BAC Films Ltd., Sony Pictures Classics

Awards

Cesar 1995: Art Dir./Set Dec., Sound; Golden Globes 1995: Foreign Film.

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