Farinelli: Il Castrato (1994)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB

Belgium/France/Italy/USA, 1994.  , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .  Original scenario by , Gerard Corbiau, Adaptation by , Andree Corbiau, Gerard Corbiau, dialogue by Andree Corbiau.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Boring, shallow recounting of the lives of Castrati singers in 18th-century Europe. Two brothers, one a Castrato (i.e. men whose genitals were tampered with at a young age to keep their voices beautifully high) and the other one not, travel the continent wooing crowned heads and easy women with their beautiful music. The singing of the one brother in question was created through the digital sound-mixing of two different men’s voices, but ‘s poor lipsynching fails to engage the viewer.

Academy Award Nomination Best Foreign Language Film

Golden Globe Award:  Best Foreign Language Film

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