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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, 2 May 2010
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Daphne Jowit (England) - See all my reviews
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This film is completely spellbinding from the start, and just gets better and better, the more often you watch it. You live his life, feel his joys and his pain, and identify with his loneliness and longings - and all the time the music sweeps your emotions along. The singing is exquisite and haunting - and the setting makes his story feel authentic. After watching it a few times through I now don't need to read the subtitles, so even the language adds to the drama. This is a film for music lovers and film lovers alike.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Castrato extravaganza, 12 Aug 2001
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The idea of a digitally worked voice, comprising a female and a countertenor would not at first appear to be very promising, but the result has to be heard to be believed. At times the music, from the sumptuous delights of Broschi to the melancholy of Haendel, transports you from the cinema screen to the realms of the gods.
The film is not merely a vehicle for the music but has within itself a touching and heartrending storyline. Who could watch the forcible castration scene without a shudder. And yet it is through this that the angelic music comes to be.
A complex and moving film which I would recommend to anyone. If the music does not get you, the pathos will.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Farinelli, 24 Jan 2005
A stunning film, with an incredible soundtrack. Something completely different, 10/10!
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4.0 out of 5 stars So far, so good ..., 18 Aug 2014
Good quality & good clear (& essential) subtitles.
No cast list in the film, or on the DVD box - would have been helpful.
The description on amazon.uk had no information about subtitles or language, & until the DVD arrived I had no idea whether it was dubbed or in the original languages (French & Italian mainly) - I was relieved to find it was in the original languages.
For the price I would have expected some extras - for instance, a (quite cheap) French version, previously bought from amazon.fr, included a DVD about the technical production of the "Farinelli voice", which was fascinating. But purchasers of this DVD would have remained in ignorance of the whole complex process.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Farinelli - Il Castrato, 17 July 2009
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V. Cross "Veronica Cross" (Dorset, England) - See all my reviews
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A beautiful film with some marvellous singing. Anyone interested in the Castrato voice will value it although the melding of the counter-tenor and the soprano bring a poignancy for the true sound one would go for the recording of Moreschi, the last surviving castrato. I treasure this film. A fantastic concept beautifully realised by all involved in the making of the film. Go to Amazon for the novel by Anne Rice: A Cry to Heaven. This book will bring the atmosphere of the age even closer.
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