Farinelli (1994)



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Movie Info

The performer known as Farinelli, born Carlo Broschi (and played in this film by Stefano Dionisi), was famous in the 18th century as the world's greatest castrato , a male singer whose testicles were removed in childhood so that he would retain the high, clear voice of a child while gaining the control and power of an adult vocalist. A strikingly gifted singer with a range of more than three octaves, Farinelli was given little choice but to sacrifice his manhood in exchange for his art, and as … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Andrée Corbiau, Marcel Beaulieu, Gérard Corbiau
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 22, 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Farinelli/Carlo Bros...

as Riccardo Broschi

as Margareth Hunter

as Philippe V

as Countess Mauer

as The Prince of Wales

as The Young Admirer
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Critic Reviews for Farinelli

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (11)

Artistry abounds in every aspect of the film.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

There's something too artificial and highfalutin about the movie.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Glossy and histrionic, salacious and empty, Farinelli reduces a fascinating story to a series of hissy fits and leering glances.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Because Carlo Broschi, the 18th-century castrato singer known as Farinelli, was himself such an exotic and sensationalistic figure, you'd think that creating a dull movie out of his flamboyant life would be next to impossible. Think again.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Farinelli, one of the 1995 Oscar nominees in the foreign film category, is onto an interesting story, all right, but it leaves us feeling, like some of Farinelli's lovers, that something is missing.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A fascinating, if occasionally overly melodramatic, recreation of a period when Baroque music ruled Europe.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Farinelli


Beautiful, lush, sumptuous...all words that can be used to describe various aspects of this film. My only issue would be that the love between Farinelli and the woman who would later be his wife was barely explored at all - they go from arguing and ignoring each other to later living with each other in Spain, she being ready to have 'his' child. I could've done with a bit more of his childhood as well.

Kylie B

Super Reviewer

The colourful and uninhibited life of "il castrato" Farinelli and his brother Riccardo Broschi, two men who shared their music and their women. An operatic biopic with impressive production values and a dreamy score. Not as big as Milos Forman's Amadeus, but still, a picture with immense beauty and pleasant erotism.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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