R | 1h 51min | Biography, Drama, Music | 17 March 1995 (USA)
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).
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated R for depiction of adult themes and sexuality
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.
Director: Gérard Corbiau
Writers: Andrée Corbiau (original scenario), Gérard Corbiau (original scenario)
Stars: Stefano Dionisi, Enrico Lo Verso, Elsa Zylberstein
Country: France | Italy | Belgium | UK
Language: French | Italian
Release Date: 17 March 1995 (USA)
Filming Locations: Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany