Farinelli - Il Castrato details
|Starring:||Stefano Dionisi, Elsa Zylberstein, Enrico Lo Verso, Jeroen Krabbe|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
Farinelli - Il Castrato
|Run time:||1 hour 46 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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A bit superficialBy Rob Jones from Bridlington, England , 21 Feb 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]A reasonable insight into the lives of the castrati, although the sexual side is rather over-emphasised. The main interest about the Castrati is the fact that they shaped opera composition for 150 years. There is evidence that they were revered in much the same way as pop stars are now, and that they were often persued by women, but this is all incidental to the effect they had on Baroque period music. This film as far as I know is the first to deal with the castrato, but the sexual side takes over too much. The notion that the Farinelli brothers shared lovers is absurd and has no grounding in historical fact. This is a pity because the same kind of false notoriety was built up around the poor Salieri when Amadeus was released. I suppose sex sells movies, but I would rather see something that is more true to fact.
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'Farinelli - Il Castrato'By a customer from Eastbourne , 28 Jul 2009Beautiful sounds, beautiful visuals. The story it'self is very compelling being veiwed from a society that can hardly believe in the existance of such a thing. The costumes, settings and lighting are amazing. Good for research on the period. THe sounds were incredible. And this from some one who isn't too into opera.
FarinelliBy Drewr (8 reviews) from Shetland , 29 May 2009Quite a strong effort, with excellent performances as Handel and Farinelli's brother, the composer. However, the lead man did not know how to act as if he was really singing, if you see what I mean
FarinelliBy a customer from Durham , 10 Oct 2008Interesting historical movie of exactly how the Castrato music was achieved. Sad in parts, brilliant music throughout.
Fantastic singingBy a customer from London , 11 Jul 2008Really enjoyed this film, the singing (even though digitally manufactured) is amazing and may even be true to life. If you are interested in hearing the roles that are now taken by women in opera and wondered why it is a woman not a man, then the answers are here - for some reason these days, no man is willing to go the extreme to preserve their voice!
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008This film is beautiful to see and hear. The costumes, sets and locations are breathtaking not to mention the sometimes staggering soundtrack. The story is heart-wrenching and discusses the price Farinelli paid when his brother had him castrated to preserve his beautiful voice and the repurcussions this resulted in.