Mary Poppins Returns
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Artistry abounds in every aspect of the film.
There's something too artificial and highfalutin about the movie.
Glossy and histrionic, salacious and empty, Farinelli reduces a fascinating story to a series of hissy fits and leering glances.
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.
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.
A fascinating, if occasionally overly melodramatic, recreation of a period when Baroque music ruled Europe.
This Oscar-nominated Belgian entry about catsration of boys who became phenomenal soprano opera singers is more bizarre than drmatically engaging, but the story is always fascinating and the movie nice to look at and listent to.
Romantic, sweeping tale of sex and sibling rivalry that manages to connect despite its overwrought storytelling.
Stops you in your tracks and transports you to a phantasmagorical world where music, mystery and magic hold sway.
A lush, engrossing drama.
Farinelli is great fun and sufficiently thoughtful and complex to give food for continuing thought.
The first two-thirds seem jumbled and underdeveloped.
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.
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.
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