Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

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When a fisherman leaves to fight with the Greek army during World War II, his fiancée falls in love with the local Italian commander.

ACTORS :  Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, John Hurt

YEAR OF RELEASE :  2001

POSTAGE : Free In Australia

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In 1941, Italy allies with Germany and ruthlessly conquers the much weaker country of Greece. On a remote Greek island, an Italian artillery garrison is established to maintain order. One Italian officer, Captain Corelli, adopts an attitude of mutual co-existence with the Greeks and engages in such activities as music festivals and courting the daughter of a local doctor. In 1943, however, after Italy surrenders to the Allies and changes sides in the war, Captain Corelli must defend the Greek island against a German invasion.

Very Watchable

Unlike many, I have not read the book and so I watched this purely as a film in its own right. I’m not especially keen on romance dramas, and I expected this to be a bit slushy and/or operatic so I was rather hesitant about going to see it in the first place…

But I’m glad I did, because it was good. Beautiful, “feel good” scenery and with a light touch of humour that made it rather more endearing than a straight drama would have been. The romance was gentle, inoffensive and sufficiently interwoven with enough “proper” story-telling to keep my interest, and the score was not too obtrusively operatic.

Overall, the film takes a satisfying circular route from start to finish, inducing a range of emotions as it progresses. It’s about 2 hours long, but I didn’t find myself fidgeting or looking at my watch once – and that’s quite a feat for me!! Very enjoyable.

The film is a true depiction of went on in Cephallonia during the war and after.
 
Being Of Cephallonian descent, I was happily surprised when watching the movie. I have heard the true history from my relatives that still live in Cephalonia, but when watching the movie and reading the book the sketchy bits of history were filled. It is all true, the Italians would sing, the oppression and the earthquakes that rock the island so often. The earthquake in 1953 killed my great grandfather and the book and movie both portray the feeling of the era with great compassion. If you haven’t seen the movie go and watch it and read the book, it is not only a love story, and yes, there were plenty of Italians in love with Cephallonian women, in fact, boat loads of Cephallonian women were taken to Italy after the war, it is a true depiction of history.

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