|Directed by||Gérard Corbiau|
|Written by||Marcel Beaulieu
Enrico Lo Verso
|Cinematography||Walther van den Ende|
|Editing by||Joëlle Hache|
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Classics (Region 1 DVD)|
|Running time||111 minutes|
Farinelli is a 1994 biographical film about the life and career of the Italian opera singer Farinelli, considered one of the greatest castrato singers of all time. It stars Stefano Dionisi as Farinelli and was directed by the Belgian director Gérard Corbiau.
Although Dionisi provided the speaking voice, Farinelli's singing voice was provided by the Polish soprano, Ewa Malas-Godlewska and a countertenor, Derek Lee Ragin, who were recorded separately then digitally merged to recreate the sound of a castrato.
Although based on real life events, dramatic license was taken. For example, Farinelli's brother is given much importance and Porpora is de-emphasized, while the movie offers a different explanation for how Carlo Broschi came to take the stage name Farinelli. George Frideric Handel, played by Jeroen Krabbé, is made out to be somewhat of a villain, but this is based on the competition between the theater at which Handel's music was played and the theater at which Farinelli sang.
|Stefano Dionisi||Carlo Maria Broschi (Farinelli)|
|Enrico Lo Verso||Riccardo Broschi|
|Jeroen Krabbé||George Frideric Handel|
|Caroline Cellier||Margareth Hunter|
|Renaud du Peloux de Saint Romain||Benedict|
|Omero Antonutti||Nicola Porpora|
|Marianne Basler||Comtesse Mauer|
|Pier Paolo Capponi||Broschi|
|Graham Valentine||Prince de Galles|
|Jacques Boudet||Felipe V|
|Delphine Zentout||Young admirer|
The film's "R" rating MPAA is due to depictions of adult themes and sexuality. The movie is available on a Region 1 DVD with a spoken track in French and Italian with a little English, and English and Spanish subtitles.
A director's cut Blu-ray edition is available from France, Italy or South Korea, but all of them lack has English subtitles. The Korean version also includes a DVD-Audio 2.0 disc.
Japan is set to release a Blu-ray of the movie in September 2013.
Korea also has a Region 3 director's cut on regular DVD but also with no English subtitles, just French and Korean. A regular edition WITH English subtitles is also available in Korea.
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