Farinelli | 1995

Drama, Historical
Set against a sumptuous world of 18th century Italian high art and music, the story deals with two brothers, Ricardo Broschi and his younger sibling, Carlo. To preserve his beautiful voice, the 7-year-old Carlo ...more
Director: Gerard Corbiau
Awards: 1 Golden Globe win. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination | full awards »

Cast

... Carlo Broschi--

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... Ricardo Broschi

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... Alexandra

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... Margareth Hunter

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... Countess Mauer

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... Philippe V

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... The Prince of Wales

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... The Father

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... The Young Admirer

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... Porpora

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... Handel

Actor

Company

Alinea Films

Production Company

Berlutti Bottier

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European Script Fund

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Synopsis

Set against a sumptuous world of 18th century Italian high art and music, the story deals with two brothers, Ricardo Broschi and his younger sibling, Carlo. To preserve his beautiful voice, the 7-year-old Carlo undergoes primitive surgery to become a "castrato," glorious male singers who retained the vocal purity of young boys with the power of men and the high register of a woman. Blessed with the "voice of an angel," he embarks on a glorious journey of music and passion. As a highly skilled performer with sensuously handsome looks, Farinelli quickly attains a quasi-mythical status in his own lifetime. But the jealousies caused by celebrity and the strained relationships between Farinelli and his brother as well as other artists of his time cast a shadow over Farinelli's bright existence. And so, he chooses a life of exile in Spain, thus ending one of the most illustrious--and colorful--vocal careers in history.

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