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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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Alexandra
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George Frideric Handel
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Margareth Hunter
Renaud du Peloux de Saint Romain ...
Benedict
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Nicola Porpora
Marianne Basler ...
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Broschi
Graham Valentine ...
Prince of Wales
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Felipe V
Delphine Zentout ...
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Richard Reeves
Jonathan Fox
Jo 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? See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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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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Farinelli (Il castrato)  »

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$2,122,948
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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 »

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Riccardo Broschi: Castrato! Castrato!
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Featured in The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995) See more »

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Se Al Labbro Mio Non Crede
[Instrumental of Aria, from Oprera "Artaserse"]
Composed by Riccardo Broschi, Johann Adolf Hasse
Performed By Ensemble Les Talens Lyriques, conducted by Christophe Rousset
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Castrated story but enjoyable
13 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

I think some long periods of Farinelli's life are left out. The film is too focused on his love life, making it definitely a female movie. There were a lot of other aspects to explore. We also get to see the obligatory scenes of audiences being mesmerized by opera, as if they were some island natives and not opera house regulars. Nevertheless, being a high budget movie, it has great costumes and beautiful scenery. Most of all you get the chance to explore the divine music of Haendel.


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