Farinelli Movie Review Summary

Actors: Stefano Dionisi, Enrico Lo Verso, Elsa Zylberstein, Caroline Cellier

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FARINELLI is a film written and directed by Gérard Corbiau in 1994. It won two French Academy awards.
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The movie describes the life of the Castrato Farinelli, a European opera singer. The film also depicts the special relationship Farinelli had with his brother Riccardo, a composer with whom Farinelli shared not only his successes but also the women he loved.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

"Farinelli: il castrato" (1994), a Belgian/Italian/French collaboration, purports to tell the story of the most illustrious singer of 18th century Europe, a peasant-born Italian castrato named Carlo Broschi who became known by the stage name of Farinelli and sang in Handel's era. Castrated in childhood to preserve his high, strong voice, Broschi becomes a highly successful opera singer managed by his resentful brother, Riccardo, a mediocre composer. Although the music, costuming, and sets of this movie are reportedly very authentic, the story takes great liberties with the truth, transforming an allegedly humble man little interested in sex into a sort of proto-rock star given to all sorts of excess. The eerie vocals were achieved through an electronic blending of a (female) soprano voice and a (male) counter-tenor. An interesting and sensual but somewhat overwrought story.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Script Analysis of Farinelli

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1600 to 1899 Family, loving    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   brother Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   singer

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist    -   singer/musician Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Italian


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   Italy    -   Spain City?    -   Yes City:    -   London    -   wealthy Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   theater

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   orgies    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   seeing nude male butt    -   seeing full frontal--women Any profanity?    -   None    -   Occasional swearing If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing

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